Indeed, If someone had only say a £11m starting point in footballl you'd be lucky to be L2, To get where the Chiefs are in the footballing world would take hundreds of millionsAnd their backer would not have had the financial muscle to have turned them into a top flight club in the far more competitive world of football. Tony Rowe has done an excellent job with Chiefs, but the sale of the County Ground for iirc £11m was an excellent starting point. He also had zero consideration for putting Exeter Falcons out of business in the process.
He is a hard nosed businessman.And their backer would not have had the financial muscle to have turned them into a top flight club in the far more competitive world of football. Tony Rowe has done an excellent job with Chiefs, but the sale of the County Ground for iirc £11m was an excellent starting point. He also had zero consideration for putting Exeter Falcons out of business in the process.
I don't know anything about financial compensation, that's not to say it didn't happen though. I do recall the Falcons were initially given notice to quit, but were then given a period of grace and allowed to stay on for a couple of seasons or so whilst Sandy Park plans were finalised. Whether any conditions were attached or not to that, such as Falcons not raising formal objections, I don't know.He is a hard nosed businessman.
CB,I stand to be corrected but I believe the Falcons were given substantial compensation by their landlord the Rugby club on the closure of the County Ground?
EDDC got cold feet about a planned Speedway facility at Westpoint after objections from the Mobile Home Park behind the C & F pub.
The £11m for the County Ground was well over the odds for the land(£8m was expected I believe)hence the overcrowded clusterfkcu that is on the former site now.
I'm sure that there was provision in the agreement with DCC that the Club could utilise the area for its own benefit provided that suitable alternative accommodation was given to them.If the CCT own the bits mentioned then RW plan is no way a goer unless he thinks the club would either persuade the CCT to sell?
Owning the ground is good, but RW's argument is that we should build a new stadium at C & F, so I asked him how we would finance the new stadium at C & F.Quite. And we could include some kind of an anti-embarrassment clause so that should we sell the ground for a lot more money, the Council would get some of the profits, though of course they’d likely have to change the land use restriction on the site for the club to make lots of money, so would be in a strong position anyway. Owning the ground would put right one of the great wrongs of the past.
That's useful information : I've just seen this after sending my post above.What you have missed Mike is this. Designated sports grounds cannot be built on, unless equal or better facilities are provided to replace them (with equal or better accessibility too). So if we were to purchase SJP, we could subsequently provide new facilities elsewhere and get change of use at a future date.
The Chiefs sale of the County Ground nearly fell foul of this, as Sport England Southwest placed an objection. It was accepted that Sandy Park was an appropriate provision for Rugby, but no suitable provision was being made for Speedway. The Council concluded that it could not grant Planning Permission whilst the objection from SE SW existed. Subsequently a letter appears in the planning file from SE SW withdrawing their objection. There is however nothing in the files to show how SE SW were persuaded to do this.
I'm not points - scoring, RW. If you make a proposal it has to be feasible, and I've been asking you about the feasibility of your idea and if there are any pitfalls. Surely you would expect that.Yes I do know but I'm fed up with pointless points scoring on this site so I'll keep that information to myself.