Vikings secure 50 year club lease

PUBLISHED: 12:54 13 December 2011 | UPDATED: 12:54 13 December 2011

WITH its promotion to Peninsular League Division East this season, Sidmouth Town Football Club is already on the up, writes Diana Bowerman.

Now its future is more secure, thanks to a unanimous town council decision which has seen its lease extended to 50 years.

Club secretary Andy Argyle, chairman Colin Ralls and treasurer Terry Grover, made a three-pronged bid for the long-term lease at Monday’s trustees meeting of Sidmouth Town Council. The club is looking at a three to five-year development plan.

Argyle said: “We are looking to develop the long- term viability of the club. As part of that we need to develop and sustain the longevity of the Manstone Lane ground. The club is committed to long term development of football in the community, and is considering becoming a “company limited by guarantee with a board of directors”.

With security of tenure for the next 50 years the club will, Argyle added, “be able to attract funders and donors” knowing their investment will be safe.

Since its promotion, the club has carried out ground and dressing room improvements, as well as providing a covered stand for spectators, much of the work having been done by players and supporters.

Argyle said: “If we can extend the lease by quite a number of years it will allow us to fulfil our ambitions and objectives and make sure we fulfil our commitment to the community.”

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