Under the proposal the borough council would transfer responsibility of the facilities at Winklebury to Hampshire FA under a 75-year lease. This would enable Hampshire FA and Basingstoke Town to progress with a joint planning application to upgrade the facilities at the stadium to include a new 3G artificial grass pitch, which meets ground grading requirements for the Southern Premier League.
The proposal for a new home for the football club has been made following discussions with the Winklebury Community Action Group, local people and ward councillors.
Community club secretary at Basingstoke Town, Steve Williams, said: “This is a win-win situation for all the parties.
“The arrangement will provide an asset for long-term and extensive community use run by Hampshire Football Association with no financial cost to council taxpayers. Very importantly for us, it will secure the future of senior football in the town.”
The club, along with Hampshire FA and the support of the borough council, would continue to work with local residents to ensure that traffic and parking concerns are proactively managed during busy periods at Winklebury.
Cabinet member for communities and community safety, Cllr Simon Bound, said: “The council has been in discussion with the two parties for some time and throughout this process has been keen to support the future of the town’s community football club.
“We’re pleased to have reached an arrangement that the groups involved feel comfortable with and are hopeful for the future of the club and the wider benefits that the proposed stadium upgrades could bring to the local community. The community will continue to support the community football club and improve Winklebury Stadium.”
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