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Re: Stadium Fund

By SDG (SDG (Ks))19/6 18:04Sun Jun 19 18:04:42 2022In response to Re: Stadium Fund

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It's important that we look at all potential options properly. Jon has covered the issues around the politics and the funding in a lot of detail here, but just on some of these practicialities:

It has been suggested by a couple of fans that the hammer and javelin circles be moved to enable the pitch to be expanded but does not seem at all a practical

Why? We're talking about building a stadium from scratch where there's no infrastructure whatsoever and probably a large funding gap. But it's not at all practical to move a throwing cage back a few metres?

There are no bar or catering facilities on the Athletics site and it is not at all clear that there is adequate space to build these. There are currently insufficient changing room facilities.

The site is huge, there's loads of space, particuarly outside turn 1. There are teams in our division who literally have portakabins for their changing rooms (Margate) or board room (Cor-Cas). You could fit a dozen burger vans in at least. These aren't serious barriers.

Indeed there have been several recent enhancements of athletics facilities: all of which would make use for senior football more difficult.

Which enhancements are these? The main one I know of is adding a practice throwing cage in the field at the back, this is probably helpful for football if fewer hammers etc are being thrown on the pitch. Have recent changes created a problem for football?

The other big misconception about the track is that we couldn't have our own clubhouse to profit from. Hornchurch have a clubhouse in a Council-run track, which they hire out. I assume they pay a ground rent and then run it themselves. Although I'd wonder how much anyone actually profits from these facilities, particularly in the current climate with costs soaring.

Not having 3G is of course a genuine drawback and ideally we'd have something that could accommodate more teams than just the senior men's first team. But (assuming from Yioryos' recent comments and the lack of positive news from the Council) that Lovelace isn't going to happen, beggars can hardly be choosers. It's at least something worthy of proper discussion as to whether it's a compromise we're willing to take, or if dreaming of the perfect will continue to be the enemy of the good.

Edited by SDG (Ks) at 18:05:12 on 19th June 2022
Edited by SDG (Ks) at 18:05:22 on 19th June 2022

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