Last week it was confirmed that the Camrose has been awarded an Asset of Community Value label by Basingstoke Council. A great step in the right direction, and whilst the path remains complicated with undoubted hurdles and obstacles – the entire club has been buoyed by the recent news and it’s seen as a signal of real intent. Our rightful return to the ground which should act as a sports hub and facility for our community (and wider) as originally intended when gifted by Lord Camrose.
“It was a big moment’ said Acting Chairman Kevin White, ‘you could see by the reaction it caused and how significant and meaningful the moment was, not just to our supporters and the board, but also to the history of this great club. I’ve no doubt Lord Camrose would have given a little punch of the air when that news filtered through!’
“Let there be no doubt, this board is unanimously united in our ambition to return to the Camrose. Everyone recognises the complexities that lay ahead of us, but we have a board full of great minds who all have the football club and its future at the forefront of their thinking. No stone will be left unturned and we will look at every possible angle to give us the best possible opportunity. We owe that to the history of this club, it’s present and its future.”
Under the Local Government Act (2011) the Council agreed to Basingstoke Town’s Community Football Club‘s application to list the Camrose as an asset of community value. This means that Razzak‘s company cannot sell the ground without first giving the Community Club six months to mount a bid.
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