WISBECH: Supporters vent their anger at board of town football club for lack of information
By JOHN ELWORTHY ANGRY supporters of Wisbech Town FC are beginning to turn on the club s board after the Wisbech Standard exclusively revealed more details of the proposed move to Lynn Road. Some supporters are furious that the club is refusing to provi
By JOHN ELWORTHY
ANGRY supporters of Wisbech Town FC are beginning to turn on the club's board after the Wisbech Standard exclusively revealed more details of the proposed move to Lynn Road.
Some supporters are furious that the club is refusing to provide up to date information on the move with information trickling out instead through the Standard.
"If this were made into a tv programme, would it be a farce or comedy?" wrote one supporter on the club's website.
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"A club not even prepared to communicate with it's own supporters directly via the club website is pure, pure tragedy. Perhaps with so few supporters the board are sending personalised postcards to everyone?
Another supporter described the club's lack of communications as "an absolute disgrace. This is no way to keep what existing fans we have or attract new ones.
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"Do the board care one little bit about the fans of this club? The answer is NO. I have followed the club for over 30 years and I am seriously thinking whether to even bother any more."
The comments came after the Standard revealed on its website, www.wisbechstand24.co.uk, that the ground move may have taken a major step forward following a meeting with West Norfolk planners.
The club, currently playing on a temporary pitch at Outwell, have been busy throughout the summer proving to planners they have begun work on meeting 19 conditions attached to the consent for the new ground.
Peter Humphrey, who drew up the application for the ground move, and Jeff Fitt, a former football club director, met officials at Kings Lynn to show the work the club has undertaken.
Monday's board meeting heard a briefing on the ground move but even local councillors had begun to worry about whether the new ground would ever be developed.
Walsoken Parish Council wrote to West Norfolk Council expressing concern and wondering if the stadium on Lynn Road would ever be built.
"The council has asked that it be noted that it is concerned that the proposed stadium will not be built and, as a brown field site, the land will be sold for housing," wrote Annette Williams, clerk to the council.
However the club, which has three years to build the new stadium, is out to prove it has begun to meet with the tough conditions set down by the council.
Thousands of pounds have already been invested in meeting the conditions including preparation of a transport study, provision for parking, foul and surface water disposal, and highways improvements.
Now that conditions look set to have been met, residents will have a chance to comment on them when a formal application for approval of them is submitted later this week.
Once that process is complete there will then be nothing to stop the club drawing up a contract for the new club house and stadium.