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Football club MUST be found new home
9:30am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
AN appeal has been made to South Somerset District Council to make the search for a new home for Chard Town Football Club a priority.
The vast majority of people who attended last Wednesday’s meeting of the council’s Area West committee objected to proposals to move the club to land off Mount Hindrance Lane on the outskirts of Chard, but they had every sympathy with the club’s desire to switch grounds.
With the club’s existing Zembard Lane ground well below the required standard, Chard Town have not been eligible to enter this year’s FA Cup and FA Vase competitions – a bitter blow to club officials with the loss of much needed revenue.
Mike Hone, on behalf of Chard Town FC, who play in Division One of the Toolstation Western League, told the committee a new ground was vital for the club’s future.
“Our membership of the Western League continues to hang in the balance,” he said.
He said various sites had been viewed and the club had come to the conclusion that the Mount Hindrance Lane site was the best.
Mr Hone said Chard was in desperate need of better football facilities.
“We have a massive deficit of football pitches in Chard and we have an ageing leisure centre at Cresta,” he said.
Mr Hone received applause from people after his presentation to the council, but they objected to the Mount Hindrance proposals.
Cllr Dave Bulmer said: “This council needs to make Chard Town Football Club a priority.
Council leader Cllr Ric Pallister reiterated a “promise” he had already made to the club in its search for a new home.
“I stand by my promise to the club – we’ll find a solution to this,” he said.
The Mactaggart & Mickel proposals, soundly rejected by the council, would see the club move to a new ground which, technically, would fall within the parish of Combe St Nicholas.
Cllr Ros Roderigo, who represents Combe on the council, said: “I don’t understand why Combe needs two football clubs?”
Combe St Nicholas FC play in Division Two West of the Errea Somerset County League.
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