VOICE OF THE FENS: What breathtaking cheek of Wisbech Town FC to ask FDC to buy ground
WHAT breathtaking cheek of Wisbech Town FC to even dare to suggest Fenland District Council should consider using Council taxpayers money to buy back Fenland Park and then lease it back to the club. This is a club that keeps its finances secret, that ha
WHAT breathtaking cheek of Wisbech Town FC to even dare to suggest Fenland District Council should consider using Council taxpayers' money to buy back Fenland Park and then lease it back to the club.
This is a club that keeps its finances secret, that has never publicly revealed the extent of its debt, that has never disclosed how much it got from the sale of Fenland Park for housing and has upset both supporters and possible sponsors by its lengthy silences.
Can anyone honestly and sincerely believe that a district council- fighting brilliantly as it happens to maintain services in this current uncertain climate- should divert resources to buy a football ground that was only recently sold by its owners for £1.4 million ?
Do not think we are not supportive of Wisbech Town Football Club. Of course we are, as we are supportive of any local club that provides leisure and sporting opportunities for the people of Fenland.
But the idea that public funds should be pumped into Wisbech Town - a notion fuelled by ill judged support from their former chairman and vice president, Councillor Roger Green- is a total and absolute non starter.
Fortunately commonsense was soon forthcoming from the powers that be at Fenland Hall who have dismissed the proposal out of hand.
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We suggest if Wisbech Town FC chairman Paul Brenchley wants to revive the fortunes of his club he should begin with a root and branch approach.
Publish some balance sheets. Explain, in great detail what happened to the sale proceeds and how much they are paying for their new ground, and then call a public meeting to set out their stall.
We'll publicise that meeting. We'll support that meeting. We'll use every conceivable opportunity to promote that meeting.
And we'll follow it through with as much publicity and support as the club needs.
In the meantime they had better realise that Fenland Council, quite rightly, is not to be confused with some squillionaire Russian oligarch.