NO DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN CCFC AND ANY AUTHORITIES
The Sky Blue Trust has an ongoing policy of contacting all surrounding local authorities and Police Forces to identify if contact has been made with Coventry City FC.
Our latest series of FOI (Freedom of Information) requests were made on 19th November 2014.
These were sent to the following local authorities and Police forces:
Stratford, North Warwickshire, Hinckley and Bosworth, Daventry, Rugby, Solihull, Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwick, Warwickshire CC
Northants Police WM Police, Warwickshire Police, Leicestershire Police
The requests asked whether any discussions, meetings or correspondence had taken place between the Councils/Police forces and Coventry City Football Club, its owners, agents or anyone acting on their behalf relating to the development of a football stadium and/or any facilities relating to the business of a Football Club.
All of the Councils have now replied to say that no such discussions, meetings or correspondence have taken place.
Also, for the first time, a similar request was sent to the Highways Agency - the Government body responsible for managing the network of motorways and other principal roads. As a similar request had not previously been sent to the Agency, it covered the period from 1 January 2012 to date.
The Agency have responded to say they have not taken part in any such discussions, meetings or correspondence and are not aware of any discussions with any authority regarding this matter.
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Club Explains Latest Legal Action
Yesterday CCFC released a statement about the latest legal move from the clubs owners SISU. Full statement from the club is here: http://www.ccfc.co.uk/news/article/ccfc-statement-sisu-coventry-city-191214-2154793.aspx
This statement has caused a more consternation among fans about what this means, is it just yet more costly court action, will it ruin relationships with our new landlords, is it just sour grapes because they didn't get to buy the Ricoh, will it affect transfer dealings etc etc.
The Trust was in communication with Tim Fisher this morning to get clarity about this matter and he has reassured us that this is not a totally new action but more of a legal necessity concerning the existing JR appeal. The JR focused on the legality of the loan from the council to ACL in 2013 but this loan appears to have been cancelled and a new one established in 2014 as part of the deal that has resulted in Wasps buying ACL. This legal move is intended to ensure that just because the old loan no longer exists that the new one is regarded as a replacement and is thererfore now the focus of the action. He implied it was simply a necessary legal move to ensure the continuation of the JR appeal.
Tim Fisher also told us that Wasps had been informed of the move prior to it becoming public and that they understood it and the reasons behind it. He was at pains to reassure us that they had developed a very good working relationship with Wasps, were very happy with the new pitch, that Steven Pressley was absolutely delighted with the new dressing room and that they were looking at working closely with a fellow sporting organisation that understood the challenges of this type of business.
Overall the message was that this was not any sort of totally new action against the council or Wasps but more of a technical legal move to cover the fact of the rearranged loan and ensure that the JR appeal was still legally valid.Write comment (0 Comments)
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