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Trust calls for standalone council meeting to discuss proposed Sixfields stand and land deal

15th Nov 2021

The Supporters Trust is joining Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors on West Northamptonshire Council in calling for a standalone council meeting to discuss the East Stand and Sixfields development land proposal.

A deal, which will see the completion of the stand to a 'satisfactory standard' prior to Northampton Town FC buying the freehold of 16 acres of land behind the East stand for £890,000, is due to go to a full council meeting on 2 December, followed by ratification at a Cabinet meeting five days later.

However, given the history of this development saga resulting in the near demise of our football club and the loss of millions of pounds of public money, the deal requires the highest level of public scrutiny.

And the Trust feels the current deal schedule does not allow adequate time for full scrutiny to take place.

The outline deal was revealed at the beginning of November but it took a further week before the council finally made public the valuation report and the briefing to councillors.

The report and briefing are available at the following link:- uk/info/200274/licensing-and- business-regulation/2102/land- and-property-assets

A Trust spokesperson said: "The devil is in the detail and we are still lacking pertinent information about the structure of the deal and exactly what is proposed for the stand and land.

"And from the financial detail available so far, Trust board members and advisers are struggling to see how this is a viable deal for the football club.

"The Trust will be meeting club chairman Kelvin Thomas later this week to discuss further.

"The deal requires full public scrutiny and we will be asking the council to set aside time for a standalone meeting so that this proposed deal can be discussed in detail.

"All we ask is that the football club will be looked after, under the current ownership and beyond, and also an explanation of how the proposed deal does that."

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