New Board, New Stadium?? Jun 21, 2020 14:31:35 GMT
Post by mbr on Jun 21, 2020 14:31:35 GMT
At the offset I want to state that this thread is nothing to do with personal criticism of any members of the new Board who, in general, are doing a very good job. It is a plea for more openness and transparency, a call for clear communication on an issue that is crucial to the future of the club, the provision of a new joint stadium.
Raising this topic has been prompted by the recent Board Statement (16 June). Am I the only fan who is worried by the carefully crafted wording with regard to the issue. The term 'new stadium' is not mentioned nor is any continued Workington AFC commitment(100% so by the previous Board) to it. Instead the statement refers more vaguely to "potential options for the redevelopment of Borough Park". The statement also talks about the changing "financial landscape" and "finding a sustainable and workable solution", as if to prepare fans for a refurbished Borough Park, not a new stadium ( At the last AGM in December, a long way ahead of the current Pandemic circumstances, the current Chairman said that he wanted to make sure that this very option was on the negotiating table).
My intention is not to personalise this matter, but to express my concern that Workington AFC is no longer committed to a new stadium as a future goal for Reds and Town. I hope that other fans will also want the Board to answer the following three questions, in order to allay fears of a change in direction which they may not be being open about.
1. Is a new joint stadium their first choice?
2. Are they prepared to fight for it, even if Allerdale's new Executive want to reject it for a second time?
3. Will the Stadium Project Team, referred to in the statement, independently research models of new stadium finance to back up their negotiations for a new stadium?
In a different thread paulsimmo argues "There's plenty of bigger clubs that would kill for a fanbase, volunteers and supporters groups as dedicated and generous as ours". Surely such a support base deserves a Board that will fight for a fine new stadium?