Council ‘can’t be solution’ to Tigers stadium funding puzzle

Bassetlaw Council leader Simon Greaves presents a cheque for �15,000 to Worksop Town Supporters Trust, accompanied by manager Mark Shaw, players and supporters
Bassetlaw Council leader Simon Greaves presents a cheque for �15,000 to Worksop Town Supporters Trust, accompanied by manager Mark Shaw, players and supporters
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Bassetlaw Council support the idea of a new community stadium for Worksop Town, but are not the answer to the funding puzzle.

That’s the view of council leader Coun Simon Greaves, who reiterated his backing for Tigers, but insisted the £2million stadium cannot be funded by the local authority.

Greaves, who recently pushed through a £15,000 grant for the club, said: “It’s great that the club is planning for the long term, be that through the building of a new stadium somewhere or remaining at Sandy Lane for as long as they need to.”

“I have always supported the view that should a new stadium be the preferred option, regardless of its location; the transition should be to a multi-sport, mass-membership club, owned and run by the fans.”

“Long term financial security is a must and can be achieved.”

But he was quick to highlight the restraints on the council budget, as supporters question where the money will come from to build the new stadium proposed by MP John Mann.

Greaves said: “As an authority we have financial challenges of our own to deal with and regardless of who wins the next election, austerity is here to stay.”

“The council cannot be seen as the solution to the question of funding for a new stadium.”

“I’m sure the Tigers working group will consider all the options and crunch the numbers on which option is best for the club.”

MP Mann believes funding will be available from the football world, but says a third of the bill will have to be met by Worksop Town supporters.