Football club denied long lease on ground

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 August 2014

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WINSCOMBE Football Club could be stuck with failing floodlights after the Parish Council denied them a long-term lease.

The club applied for a 25-year lease of part of the land on the War Memorial Ground in The Lynch.

The long lease would help the club secure thousands of pounds worth of funding from the Football Association to spend on new floodlights.

Cllr Steve Bridges was disappointed the lease was not approved.

He said: “If the FA are going to give them funding, then it needs some security the club aren’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon.”

Councillors raised concerns over how a long lease could limit accessibility to the memorial ground for residents outside of the football club.

The council decided it would look into alternative funding options for the floodlights, outside of granting the new lease.

Parish council chairman Mike Williamson said it was ‘in everyone’s interest’ to get new floodlights fitted.

He said: “The current ones light up the entire village when they’re switched on, they are old and they can’t be efficient.”

The current lights are more than seven years old, Cllr Cresten Boase said: “If new lights will be more energy efficient then that’s a very good reason to get them.

“We are in the middle of an energy crisis.”

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