At last there is a breakthrough in the ongoing saga of Newbury’s Football Ground, with Newbury Community Football Group offering to take over the running of the ground on behalf of the Council, following Newbury Town Council’s decision to decline the offer to run the ground by West Berks Council.
The Football Ground will have no operator from the 24th June after West Berkshire Council evict the current operators Newbury FC, despite having no-one to take over to ensure the local community can still book the ground for both children’s and senior football matches and training.
NCFG spokesman Lee McDougall said ” We were happy to make the offer to Nick Carter, (Chief Executive of West Berkshire Council) as soon we found out that his offer to Newbury Town Council had failed. We would hate to see the local community locked out of the ground for several years while its sits unused, when a voluntary group like ourselves can take over the day to day running at no cost to the Council”
NCFG have been representing the footballing community in Newbury for 2 years and have as well as previously helping to arrange a 2 year lease extension for Newbury FC and obtaining official status for the ground as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). Then just last month NCFG submitted planning applications for the ground to be redeveloped into four 3G (artificial pitches) which will enabled hundreds of hours of access to local teams each week.