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Sawston: An update
Posted by Andrew Dunn
Jul 30, 2018, 09:00

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In 2014 Cambridge City Football Club was granted planning permission to build a new stadium and community facility on land south of Sawston.

During the ensuing four years, the club has faced several legal battles which subsequently lead to a second successful application that has been rubber stamped by the Secretary of State, which allows the club to proceed free of any outstanding legal issues.

Now that all legal issues have been resolved, the club is mindful that there is an expectation among its loyal supporters to see progress in terms of both developing the site and subsequent construction of the stadium and community facility.

Whilst the club remains absolutely committed to delivering the project, it is a fact that due to the length of time involved in legal disputes, construction and development costs have escalated. With this in mind, the club is currently exploring alternative proposals to deliver the project so that it falls within the agreed financial framework. It is important to point out that the club wishes to deliver the project as close as it can to the original specification, but equally needs to be realistic of what can be achieved within the budget available.

The club understands that looking at alternative costs and proposals causes a delay which is frustrating for all concerned as we all want to see construction work starting at the site. However, the board is determined to deliver the project within a realistic affordable budget with the aim that the club can become financially self-supporting once the stadium is fully operational.

The Chairman and Board of Directors would also like to reassure supporters that there is a large amount of work happening behind the scenes to bring the development of the project to a successful conclusion. As well as looking at alternative models and costs work has been ongoing in terms of identifying organisations and community groups that can use the facility once it is built as well as preparing the way to make grant applications.

The scope of the project though remains large, and whilst Club President, Len Satchell, has been driving the project forward since its inception, it has been agreed that Vice-Chairman and Club Safety Officer, Terry Dunn will now have an enhanced role of Stadium Project Director.

This will be a new voluntary role which will see him report to the board and supporters on a regular basis whilst working in close collaboration with Len Satchell, the board and all other relevant parties to ensure that the project is delivered within an agreed timeframe. He will also be responsible for improving communication specific to the stadium among supporters and the local community.

Dunn said I am very much looking forward to this new role. It remains an exciting time for the club and I am very keen to improve communication with supporters on the new stadium project. We all want the club to have a new home and for construction work to start as soon as possible. Everyone should be reassured that we are all working hard to achieve this and deliver an affordable first class facility for Cambridge City and the local community which we will all be proud of.

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