WISBECH: Extraordinary bid by FC chairman to persuaded Fenland Council to buy Fenland Park

AN extraordinary proposal to persuade Fenland District Council to BUY Fenland Park and then lease it back to Wisbech Town Football Club has been unveiled by club chairman Paul Brenchley. Wouldn t it be nice if Fenland District Council were to buy back F

AN extraordinary proposal to persuade Fenland District Council to BUY Fenland Park and then lease it back to Wisbech Town Football Club has been unveiled by club chairman Paul Brenchley.

"Wouldn't it be nice if Fenland District Council were to buy back Fenland Park and rent it back to us, similar to Kings Lynn and The Walks," said Mr Brenchley.

"If that was to happen, FDC could sell off the car park - for whatever- while we concentrate our efforts on revamping Fenland Park."

Mr Brenchley's comments came as he accused Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council planning department of "dragging their heels for reasons best known to themselves" over the club's new stadium.


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Wisbech Town, which sold Fenland Park for £1 million earlier this year, won consent to move to a new ground on the Lynn Road.

However Mr Brenchley says West Norfolk planners has held back approval of final confutations and others delays were caused by the owner of the Lynn Road land not signing his side of the contract until October.

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"Further delays were caused by conflicting advice from the Football Foundation and obviously the more recent issues regarding the planning conditions," he said.

Now Mr Brenchley believes the club- which is currently playing at Outwell after being forced by the developers to leave Fenland Park- could use Lynn Road for reserves, youth teams and training. He also believes the site could be used for community groups. That would leave the club with the option of returning to Fenland Park as their main base.

He said he had raised the idea with several councillors who had asked Cabinet members to consider it.

"Surely its better that FDC invest money in Wisbech rather than Iceland," he said.

Mr Brenchley also dismissed suggestions that residents who opposed the move to Lynn Road would have any further say in what the club does.

"The residents have no say whatsoever in the process unless we want to alter one of the conditions, which we do not," he added.

n What do you think of Mr Brenchley's ideas? Email: john.elworthy@archant.co.uk

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