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Ambitious plans at Colne football club
9:51am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
AMBITIOUS Colne Football Club is seeking a longer lease on their Holt House ground as they eye a tilt at professional football.
The club, who currently play in the North West Counties Premier Division, want a 99-year lease on the stadium from Pendle Council, instead of their current 28-year lease.
They say this would allow them to be more ambitious in applying for grants from funding bodies to improve facilities at Holt House.
Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council’s deputy chief executive and director of services, said: “They are seeking a community asset transfer in the form of a 99-year lease.
“In essence they feel that this will give them stability and security of tenure that will encourage investment in their facilities.
“Leases by the council to local sports clubs are normally in the range 21 to 30 years.
“Colne FC ask that their request be considered in a different light. They point out that they are an ambitious semi professional club and are aiming for professional football.
“If they were to achieve a promotion spot to the next league they would not be able to move up without making major ground improvements requiring significant financial outlay.
“They believe that the current lease limits their commercial possibilities and ability to attract grants.
“Their limited finances prevents them making any improvements to the stadium which is looking tired and does not present Colne or Pendle in a good light to visiting teams and supporters.”
Their current lease, which sees them pay £432 in rent, expires in 2026, but councillors will consider extending it at a meeting on Thursday.
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