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By SDG (SDG (Ks))11/5/2023 17:26Thu May 11 17:26:09 2023In response to Re: Football Web Pages

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Yes, I think we all need to be highly concerned about money and there's no way we're getting anything anywhere within two years, probably much longer.

The sad reality is that for any option the ~£1m we had in 2018 when the Casuals option fell through would have gone so much further than £650k or whatever it is we have left would go at today's prices. We're burning through the Womble money and the years wasted on Goals and Lovelace are a tragedy.

Broadly yes, that's about what the track would need except the seated stand (the current one is fine for step 2). But given the board were happy to start with just a muddy horse field, look at what it *wouldn't* need. Buying land, laying a pitch from scratch, barriers round the pitch and site, car park, access road, connecting to utilities, floodlights, press box, PA system...

That, plus the difficulty of getting planning permission for something new when nearly every bit of green space in the RBK is MOL or green belt, is why the track is so much more realistic than the pipe dreams the board and Supporters Club have come up with so far.

You've said before without 3G and/or being football specific it would be harder to get Football Foundation money which is fair enough. But the whole thing still has to be a fraction of the price of a Lovelace.

There are probably two ways you could go - either do it on the cheap ourselves (bearing in mind teams in our league have things like changing rooms and boardrooms in portacabins); or, bearing in mind the Council have publicly acknowledged the site needs improving, try to go in with them/the new school/CRE regeneration/Sport England on a wider improvement to also benefit athletics and the gym. That would get a better end product but of course add time and uncertainty.