Date:Saturday February 11 2006
Swindon Town Supporter’s along with the Keep Town In Swindon campaign have been writing to Local Councillors in regards to the County Ground redevelopment. Here is a selection of letter’s received so far.
COUNCILLOR MICHAEL BARNES
Thank You for writing to me to express your concern about the future of Swindon Town Football Club in the context of current discussions over ground redevelopment.
I will take your views into consideration when a decision is to be made by the council on this issue.
COUNCILLOR DES MOFFATT
I received in the past few days a number of the above cards (Keep Town In Swindon Post Cards) and included was one fro you. Apparently they were completed before Christmas but were held up somewhere in the council system.
I have no problem in supporting the aims related thereon of retaining and supporting a successful Swindon Town.
I have some sympathy for the club who in my opinion have been poorly served by the Council in that individual councillors allowed the various chairman, secretaries and assorted developers to think there was reason to hope that the council could provide finance or assets on kind to solve their problems.
It is simply not lawful to do that, it has not been and is never likely to be, lawful.
I have more sympathy for the long suffering fans who have watched people seeking a fast buck manoeuvre to get their hands on what is prime real estate in the centre of Swindon. That has been being going on since Bert Head’s day in my opinion. Jimmy Hill started it all at Wolves did he not?
The Council’s position was and is that the Council will support the redevelopment of the County Ground within its own existing rented footprint including the car park and the immediate apron of the ground only. That was my position before the Labour Group and subsequently the full council took that decision.
The assets of the athletics track and the cricket ground and open space can not be disposed of fo “less than best value” the legal phrase that controls this and all other councils nor would the people of the central area of Swindon stand for it.
I do hope this is of some help in clearing things up and that club officials and fans alike can get on with matters on the field of play.
COUNCILLOR KEVIN SMALL
Thank you for your postcard regarding the future of Swindon Town Football Club. May I firstly apologise for the delay in my response, I have only recently received your card following a delay in the distribution of these cards to councillors.
I fully support your sentiments in that there are numerous benefits to Swindon’s community in having a professional foot ball club in the town. As a Swindonian born and bred, I have followed the Town all my life and have enjoyed its highs and lows like other fans although my refereeing (yes, nasty man in the black shirt) restricts the number of times I can attend games myself.
However, however beneficial a new ground would be for the club and the town it is imperative that we also consider the people who live around the football club and their potential loss of amenities and green open space if the club is to develop a new stadium at the County Ground. If a compromise can be found that ensures a good quality of life for the residents and provides the club with a new stadium then I will be first in line to support such proposals. In the meantime, I will encourage my colleagues to continue to work with the club to ensure that the new facilities we all deserve are delivered.
Date:Saturday February 11 2006
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