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Club storm over pitches closure
1:20pm Thursday 21st June 2012 in Evo-Stick Southern Premier Table & Results
AN Evesham amateur football team are up in arms at Wychavon District Council’s decision to close their home pitch.
Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League Division Four champions Ambassador are among four teams who need somewhere else to play next season.
Along with Evesham Working Men’s Club, Red Horse and Trumpet, they require a new venue following the closure of the Crown Meadow pitches.
Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium, which has 10 surfaces, is ready to open and the council want sides to move there.
It could cost teams at least £500 more a season for pitch hire with the current £25 match fee rising to £70 at Cheltenham Road. Ambassador will be forced from their Avon Street snooker club base and reckon the changing rooms there, installed at their own expense as there were none at Crown Meadow, will not be used now.
Club secretary Irene Heath said: “I think it’s disgusting. We don’t feel we want to go to Evesham United.
“We are a Sunday morning team from a pub. We have the changing facilities at our club and they will go to waste.
“The council want to see Evesham United do well but that doesn’t mean to say they need to deprive local people of the football pitches.”
Evesham WMC have raised concerns about losing bar trade from players and supporters and will now play at Evesham High School.
League secretary Martin Malin said: “The issue isn’t what’s on offer at Evesham United, it’s the fact that some teams have spent money on their own HQ.”
A council spokesman said: “The league and clubs were told they would be closing when the Evesham United development came about because it has community pitches.
“It has taken longer for that to come to fruition than expected but it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. The problem is the pitches are used throughout the summer for various events and dog walking and in the winter for football so they don’t have a lot of time to recover.”
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