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Non-league: Poole Town chief Reeves issues plea to council
VICE-chairman Chris Reeves warned council chiefs that time was running out for Poole Town's ground improvements and that delays were costing the club money.
Despite gaining planning permission for a new north stand, club room, set of turnstiles and toilet block last month, Dolphins have been prevented from starting work at Tatnam while landlords Poole Borough Council consider the necessary changes to the club's tenancy.
Poole, who have secured funding from the Football Foundation to help with up to half of the estimated £300,000 cost, have until March 31 to achieve the FA's C grade.
Failure to complete the work could see the club relegated back to Southern South & West irrespective of where they finish this season, prompting Reeves to make an impassioned plea for council officers to hurry up and allow the upgrade.
Reeves told the Daily Echo: “We have had huge support from councillors and the police for this project, but we have been left crying out with frustration while pushing council officers for landlord's consent.
“The fact that there has to be due process is not lost on us but we need to emphasise the very pressing time constraints we are under.
“We have been in the starting blocks for so long now and the wait has caused many practical problems. We have missed out on acquiring modular buildings at the right price purely because we couldn't move forward. It has been incredibly frustrating.”
Andrew Flockhart, strategic director at Borough of Poole, said: “While planning permission was given to Poole Town Football Club by Borough of Poole as planning authority, permission is also required from the council as landowner.
“This is a separate process and I will be considering the information and advice given to me prior to making my decision, which I expect to give to the football club next week.”
On the pitch, Dolphins travel to Frome Town, who recently appointed former Cherries youth coach Brian O'Donnell as their new manager, for an FA Trophy tie on Saturday (3pm).
Dolphins: (from) Hutchings, Clarke, Spetch, Oliver, Whisken, Pettefer, Brooks, Devlin, Davies, Elliott, Preston, Cann, Byerley, Cummings, Gillespie, Charles, Richardson, Dickson, Thomas.
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