Public meeting over football club’s lease
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A public meeting has been called to debate the future of a town football club, after negotiations over its lease hit a roadblock.
Wymondham Town Football Club's current lease expires on October 1 and solicitors are negotiating terms to extend it.
But progress has been stalled, after club chairman Andy Gardiner said it would be 'impossible' to agree to the council's suggested terms – and that they will have to close if an agreement cannot be reached.
Wymondham Town Council says it wants to negotiate with the club and ensure the lease is extended.
The club pays £75 a year for the land, a figure Mr Gardiner admitted was very low, and, following a valuation, the council has suggested an annual rent of £4,500.
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Mr Gardiner said: 'We, in other words, have to fully maintain the entire area and building with all associated costs.
'Then we pay £4,500 rent for the privilege.'
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He said the club hoped to come to an agreement over its future and was seeking discussions with councillors.
Trevor Gurney, council clerk, said: 'We are not forcing them to close – we have suggested a figure which is based on a district valuation.
'We absolutely want to negotiate about this.'
The public meeting is at Wymondham Football Club on Saturday, March 21 at 11am.
Should the lease be agreed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org