|This morning (Tuesday 18 May) we received an email from the Government HM Courts & Tribunal Service, whereby we have been formally notified that Rafi Razzak, under the company Basingstoke Town Ltd has launched an appeal of the registration of the Camrose as an Asset of Community Value to the next level.
In early April, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council correctly and unanimously rejected Razzak’s appeal which was submitted by his local law firm Phillips Solicitors. The news was welcomed by fans, members, the community and the wider sporting world. The club have been invited to join the appeal process by submitting statements by the imposed deadline of 31st May 2021.
Chairman Kevin White said “Their appeal is based on the wrongful claim of unsustainability of the Camrose and the lack of support it’s had from the local community. The attempted deception is truly mind-blowing when you consider the undeniable truth that the infrastructure of the club was systematically run into the ground over a number of years to enable this claim and to position themselves to complete a development deal.’ White continued ‘the facts are pretty straight forward, despite Razzak’s efforts to weaken the club, the Camrose remained a thriving hub for football with a well supported social club that hosted weekly community events and was a mainstay in the social calendar alongside being a popular venue for family parties and functions. Not to mention the other losses such as the AstroTurf pitches and charity fundraising. The destruction of the Camrose has left a huge gap in the borough of Basingstoke and the arrogance to claim otherwise is quite startling. As if Malcolm McPhail and Rafi Razzaks reputations haven’t tarnished enough locally already, I can’t quite believe they’ve put their names to this. It’s a complete disregard for our community and a real ‘screw you’ moment to the great people of Basingstoke – to their families and the future generations. The appeal itself has no further weight to their already grossly inaccurate claims so we trust that the appeals committee will throw it out and dismiss it with ridicule.”
The club are in the process of putting together their appeal and will be submitting this to the General Regulatory Chamber Tribunal shortly.
The Asset of Community Value tribunal is separate to the appeals that Basron have raised for each of the Camrose planning applications, which were unanimously refused by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council’s Development and Control Committee as they were deemed to be in contravention of local planning policy. These planning appeals are currently being considered by The National Planning Inspectorate.