Kevin Satchell outlines progress on plans for Cambridge City's new ground at Sawston
Cambridge City are to press on with plans for a new stadium at Sawston.
The plans regarding a new home for the Lilywhites had all gone quiet this season, despite initial optimism that they would be moving into the ground for the 2020/21 campaign.
Chairman Kevin Satchell has now updated supporters on what has held up the development.
The Satchell family are providing most of the funds for the new ground, and they have been waiting on the completion of a sale of land to provide the funds.
However, the sale was complicated as it was dependent on planning permission being granted, and that was subject to judicial review.
“During this period, we made the decision not to publicise the cause for this delay so as not to alert any local opponents of our development to the possibility of achieving further delay via the courts,” said Satchell.
“We are aware that this lack of news will have been both frustrating and mystifying to supporters who will quite reasonably been wondering what has been going on behind the scenes after planning permission for the ground itself was granted.
“Nevertheless, we are delighted to confirm that the sale has finally been completed and the judicial review window has expired, marking the end of the last obstacle that is outside of the club’s control.”
Satchell confirmed that his family will be donating a seven-figure sum to the club for the new ground.
They are also in the process of reviewing plans, quotes, grant applications and revenue projections.
“We want the ground to be able to provide multiple income streams to assist the first team, as well as providing a base for the large number of different teams wearing the Cambridge City shirt,” said Satchell.
He added: “I’m as frustrated as everyone by the delay and can assure supporters there is a lot of effort going on behind the scenes to allow us to start the build as soon as possible.”
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