FOOTBALL: Witney are booted out of stadium

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Witney Town will play their home matches at Carterton FC for the rest of the season after being booted out of the Witney Community Stadium.

Landlords On The Edge Ltd have decided not to issue a lease to the parent charity running the Uhlsport Hellenic League club.

Witney Town chairman Dave Donovan said the club had exhausted every alternative before deciding on the groundshare option.

He added: “It came as an immense shock to be advised of the decision of the landowners.

“I have spent the last few weeks exploring every avenue open to me to try and resolve the issue so that we could continue to play football at Marriotts Stadium (Witney Community Stadium) but, along with my committee, have had to accept defeat in my efforts.

“I fully intend working towards the re-establishment of a town football club in Witney and have already begun conversations to that end.”

Donovan went on: “Initially, the agreement is for the rest of the season and possibly for the next two seasons.

“I’m happy because it means that the club can continue, but sad that we’re not continuing here (at Downs Road). The long-term plan is to get the club back into the town as soon as possible.”

No-one from On The Edge Ltd was available for comment.

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2:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

johnny s says...

So how long will be have to wait for Asda or a hotel?
So how long will be have to wait for Asda or a hotel? johnny s
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4:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

PDplum says...

You jest but the town needs both!
You jest but the town needs both! PDplum
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5:10pm Wed 30 Jan 13

richwitney says...

Let's hope the council insist on a (like for like) replacement of this valuable sporting facility as part of any granting of planning permission for development.

This town needs it's own football club.
Let's hope the council insist on a (like for like) replacement of this valuable sporting facility as part of any granting of planning permission for development. This town needs it's own football club. richwitney
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6:19pm Wed 30 Jan 13

johnny s says...

Sadly my comment was not in jest. Has been on the cards for ages.
Agree with Rich, if the council agree planning permission then must be some caveat in return.
Isn't Ben Woodruffe on the council sports committee? He has played local football for many years so he knows the necessity for facilities are desperately needed.
Sadly my comment was not in jest. Has been on the cards for ages. Agree with Rich, if the council agree planning permission then must be some caveat in return. Isn't Ben Woodruffe on the council sports committee? He has played local football for many years so he knows the necessity for facilities are desperately needed. johnny s
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8:56pm Thu 31 Jan 13

davesmatedave says...

sure there must be other sites asda can go and why does witney need a hotel it has loads? all reasonably priced, or do people want see a chain hotel come in like a premier inn or travelodge?
sure there must be other sites asda can go and why does witney need a hotel it has loads? all reasonably priced, or do people want see a chain hotel come in like a premier inn or travelodge? davesmatedave
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