Lease row closes Great Cornard football club

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Matches scheduled to take place tomorrow at Great Cornard Football Club have been called-off due to a dispute over the terms of a new lease.

Owner Chris Symes told the Free Press that the village’s parish council, which owns the land, had locked up the club house at the Blackhouse Lane ground on Thursday night.

This move followed a break-down in negotiations for a new 25 year lease.

Mr Symes, who has owned the club for 20 years, said the terms being offered were “ridiculous”.

“The lads turned up for training on Thursday and there was a notice saying the club was locked up,” he said.

“The council are offering a new lease, but I disagree with five of the points, one of which says that I must agree to be guarantor if the club is old in the future.”

The 66-year-old said the match between Cornard United and Team Bury, which was due to kick-off at 3pm tomorrow had been cancelled as result, and all other scheduled games were off.

“The council have refused to negotiate and it is very disappointing as I have never had any problems before and we usually just have a rolling lease,” he said.

“I have contacted the Eastern Counties League and the secretary has told me we will not be fined as it is out of our hands.

“I am happy to negotiate the terms of the lease, but my solicitor is dealing with it now.”

Great Cornard Parish Council were unavailable for comment.