Council seeks new tenant at Cornard

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The dispute between Cornard Parish Council and Cornard United chairman Chris Symes could see their ground go to new tenants — but it won’t end football in the village.

Parish council manager Michael Fitt said: “We want an ongoing Cornard team. There is no move to end football in Cornard.”

Following the dissolution of Cornard United FC Ltd, set up by Symes to try to sell the club, the council locked him out of the Blackhouse Lane ground.

“Once the company was dissolved, the council’s view was that the club ceased to exist and moved to protect its legal interests,” said Fitt.

The council owns the land on which the clubhouse and stand were built, and under the original agreement when they were built they revert to the council if the club ceases to exist.

“The parish council is looking to grant a lease to new tenants in the new year,” said Fitt. “There is no-one with an effective tenancy following the winding-up of Cornard United FC Ltd.

“In due course we will advertise for interested parties to take over the lease.”

In the meantime, said Fitt: “We are attempting to assist the team to honour commitments and to fulfil their fixtures.”