Terras board withdraws objection to Lodmoor site move

LODMOOR:  The proposed site for a new Terras stadium

LODMOOR: The proposed site for a new Terras stadium

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THE board of Weymouth Football Club has withdrawn its objections on a move to relocate the club to a controversial new site at Lod-moor.

A U-turn has been made because the club wants to consult with shareholders on the way forward before giving its view, and will be calling an extraordinary general meeting soon.

It comes after discussions with developer Wessex Delivery LLP which led to an agreement that the club will not be forced to move from its current home at Bob Lucas Stadium without giving its consent.

It was previously feared the club would have no say on a potential move but ‘Weymouth FC’s destiny is once again in its own hands’, the board claims.

Wessex Delivery LLP, which bought the land surrounding the Bob Lucas Stadium in 2008, possesses an option agreement with Weymouth FC in that it can acquire the stadium in exchange for providing a new one nearby.

At the end of 2012, the company lodged plans to build a new home with improved facilities for the club off Preston Beach Road.

Plans have since been revised and are under consideration but have been met with a barrage of opposition.

Opponents included the club’s board of directors who said the site was unsuitable as it was prone to flooding and next to a nature reserve, and that they were happy where they were.

But a statement issued by the club last night said: “The board is delighted to be able to announce that, subject to discussions, in principle agreement has been reached with Wessex Delivery LLP that the club will not be forced to move from the Bob Lucas Stadium, without the club giving consent to that move.

“The spectre that the club may be forced to move to a new site, without its consent, is something which our fans have feared for several years. That fear has now gone.

“The club can now move forward to explore all options for its future at either the Bob Lucas Stadium or alternative sites.”

The statement added: “One option is to be relocated to Lodmoor.

“This is not the only option.

“The board has written to the planning authority confirming that it wishes to withdraw its previous objection on the basis that the club is given time to consult its shareholders so that it may then provide more detailed comment.

“The Board is aware of concerns about the site, and must discuss these in detail with shareholders.”

In a separate move, Wessex Delivery LLP has put forward plans to build up to 170 homes on the site of the Bob Lucas Stadium.

West Dorset District Council has refused the proposals and Wessex Delivery has appealed, meaning that the issue will be decided at a public inquiry.

 

Site objections remain

WHILE Weymouth Football Club may potentially change its view on the Lodmoor stadium proposals, it remains an unpopular move.

More than 100 letters of objection have been written attacking the proposals for the stadium which is earmarked for an old landfill site next to Lodmoor SSSI.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre claims the development ‘does not fully consider the impacts of operational noise, transport and lighting’.

Meanwhile, the RSPB said it was likely to have an adverse effect on a nationally designated wildlife site.

The Football Association has also raised concerns and Sport England maintains its objections.

Original proposals for the stadium and associated facilities were submitted in 2012 but revised plans were submitted this year, to include an additional risk assessment, contact with Natural England and the Environment Agency and amendments to the planned training pitch to comply with FA guidelines.

The application will be considered by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

EGM called

THE board of Weymouth Football Club Ltd have announced an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) to be held at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday May 24, at 10.30am.

The meeting is restricted to shareholders, and no entry will be permitted to non shareholders.

During the meeting, the club’s board will take the opportunity to update shareholders on Weymouth Football Club Ltd’s actions on the 2007 stadium option agreement.

The meeting is called to allow the directors of the club to propose the following motion to shareholders:

"The shareholders support the board of Weymouth Football Club Ltd in its continued discussions with the defendants in claim number HC13F04415 (including for the avoidance of doubt WDLLP)."

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7:48am Thu 8 May 14

melcombe boy says...

Why move to a tin hut? The new stadium plans are an insult to the club! If we have to move then lets have a decent stadium. I shall never go and support my home town team again if they relocate to what is nothing more than a garden shed.
Why move to a tin hut? The new stadium plans are an insult to the club! If we have to move then lets have a decent stadium. I shall never go and support my home town team again if they relocate to what is nothing more than a garden shed. melcombe boy
  • Score: 12

7:52am Thu 8 May 14

The Fish says...

Surely a better location would be near the Park & Ride (also handy as the railway is close to here - perhaps another small station?). Also possibly combine with Weymouth Rugby club providing a single stadium for both and a couple of training pitches. Also would have less effect on Lodmoor reserve - maybe just taking a small corner of this place?
Surely a better location would be near the Park & Ride (also handy as the railway is close to here - perhaps another small station?). Also possibly combine with Weymouth Rugby club providing a single stadium for both and a couple of training pitches. Also would have less effect on Lodmoor reserve - maybe just taking a small corner of this place? The Fish
  • Score: 13

8:41am Thu 8 May 14

Douglas Mc says...

Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies.

Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?
Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies. Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on? Douglas Mc
  • Score: -2

8:46am Thu 8 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

The Fish wrote:
Surely a better location would be near the Park & Ride (also handy as the railway is close to here - perhaps another small station?). Also possibly combine with Weymouth Rugby club providing a single stadium for both and a couple of training pitches. Also would have less effect on Lodmoor reserve - maybe just taking a small corner of this place?
Malcolm Curtis totally and utterly annoyed the Weymouth Rugby Club a few years back (fact) and I would think the chances of them changing their excellent set is is about zero.

Why on earth would anyone in their right mind build a Train Station at a Park and Ride!!! It is pointless. I know you travel around watching Weymouth by Train but I don't think building a Station for half a dozen people every other Saturday is going to work somehow. The rest will obviously come by car!!

I am not against what you say, its just your argument for it, is complete rubbish. The Argument for it is ONLY any good if the club can stay there rent free, if the COUNCIL charge rent, and you have to think they will, then the club can't afford it, simple.

But if they could stay there for FREE (unlikely) then it is a good location of course, but don't hold your breath. Why are they going to give up this lovely big space for nothing? Not a Chance, move on.
[quote][p][bold]The Fish[/bold] wrote: Surely a better location would be near the Park & Ride (also handy as the railway is close to here - perhaps another small station?). Also possibly combine with Weymouth Rugby club providing a single stadium for both and a couple of training pitches. Also would have less effect on Lodmoor reserve - maybe just taking a small corner of this place?[/p][/quote]Malcolm Curtis totally and utterly annoyed the Weymouth Rugby Club a few years back (fact) and I would think the chances of them changing their excellent set is is about zero. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind build a Train Station at a Park and Ride!!! It is pointless. I know you travel around watching Weymouth by Train but I don't think building a Station for half a dozen people every other Saturday is going to work somehow. The rest will obviously come by car!! I am not against what you say, its just your argument for it, is complete rubbish. The Argument for it is ONLY any good if the club can stay there rent free, if the COUNCIL charge rent, and you have to think they will, then the club can't afford it, simple. But if they could stay there for FREE (unlikely) then it is a good location of course, but don't hold your breath. Why are they going to give up this lovely big space for nothing? Not a Chance, move on. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 1

9:25am Thu 8 May 14

Waynerooni says...

Oh dear - yet again WFC is being lead down an alley by greedy developer. Just support our plan for loads of houses on your site and we'll pretend that we will give you a shiny new stadium. No chance of anything other than cheap fob off somewhere no one else wants. Why don't WFC just get its land back and fix up what they've got ? - good location for football and the Terras home
Oh dear - yet again WFC is being lead down an alley by greedy developer. Just support our plan for loads of houses on your site and we'll pretend that we will give you a shiny new stadium. No chance of anything other than cheap fob off somewhere no one else wants. Why don't WFC just get its land back and fix up what they've got ? - good location for football and the Terras home Waynerooni
  • Score: 18

9:31am Thu 8 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

Waynerooni wrote:
Oh dear - yet again WFC is being lead down an alley by greedy developer. Just support our plan for loads of houses on your site and we'll pretend that we will give you a shiny new stadium. No chance of anything other than cheap fob off somewhere no one else wants. Why don't WFC just get its land back and fix up what they've got ? - good location for football and the Terras home
Totally agree. Would be the worst possible move, I would never trust this company .......... ever. They talk a good game, but play very dirty.
[quote][p][bold]Waynerooni[/bold] wrote: Oh dear - yet again WFC is being lead down an alley by greedy developer. Just support our plan for loads of houses on your site and we'll pretend that we will give you a shiny new stadium. No chance of anything other than cheap fob off somewhere no one else wants. Why don't WFC just get its land back and fix up what they've got ? - good location for football and the Terras home[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Would be the worst possible move, I would never trust this company .......... ever. They talk a good game, but play very dirty. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 14

10:26am Thu 8 May 14

proud maggot says...

Douglas Mc wrote:
Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies.

Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?
Becoming..... we have been for years!
[quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies. Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?[/p][/quote]Becoming..... we have been for years! proud maggot
  • Score: -6

2:17pm Thu 8 May 14

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

proud maggot wrote:
Douglas Mc wrote:
Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies.

Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?
Becoming..... we have been for years!
flag bearers you have just been relegated maggot brain .
[quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies. Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?[/p][/quote]Becoming..... we have been for years![/p][/quote]flag bearers you have just been relegated maggot brain . craigbastow1@outlook.com
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Thu 8 May 14

RifRafDac says...

proud maggot wrote:
Douglas Mc wrote:
Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies.

Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?
Becoming..... we have been for years!
Yeah some flag bearers! Your support really suggests that. You only just get 300 people watch home matches, that is a joke. Weymouth is the club in the area and always will be, regardless of the location of the stadium.
On the matter of the lodmoor location I too agree that it is not what people want. The board should stand up for the integrity and pride of the club and its supporters and I am sure they will.
[quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies. Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?[/p][/quote]Becoming..... we have been for years![/p][/quote]Yeah some flag bearers! Your support really suggests that. You only just get 300 people watch home matches, that is a joke. Weymouth is the club in the area and always will be, regardless of the location of the stadium. On the matter of the lodmoor location I too agree that it is not what people want. The board should stand up for the integrity and pride of the club and its supporters and I am sure they will. RifRafDac
  • Score: 6

5:49pm Thu 8 May 14

proud maggot says...

craigbastow1@outlook
.com
wrote:
proud maggot wrote:
Douglas Mc wrote:
Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies.

Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?
Becoming..... we have been for years!
flag bearers you have just been relegated maggot brain .
From the league above you......
[quote][p][bold]craigbastow1@outlook .com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies. Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?[/p][/quote]Becoming..... we have been for years![/p][/quote]flag bearers you have just been relegated maggot brain .[/p][/quote]From the league above you...... proud maggot
  • Score: -7

8:40pm Thu 8 May 14

Mr Speedway says...

I am fed up about reading about football moving to other stadium. Let's start getting heads together and sit down and talk. My first thing they can do is: Keep the football at the stadium and place a speedway track around the pitch or BRING BACK THE SPEEDWAY and place it on the old mark of the stadium as before. The stadium did had a income with the speedway were racing there. So come on to the stadium owner, let's start getting the speedway fans of Weymouth being happy again. I do miss watching the Wildcats racing a lot. So let's everyone be happy. Football at the currant stadium & our speedway back where it once belong too.
I am fed up about reading about football moving to other stadium. Let's start getting heads together and sit down and talk. My first thing they can do is: Keep the football at the stadium and place a speedway track around the pitch or BRING BACK THE SPEEDWAY and place it on the old mark of the stadium as before. The stadium did had a income with the speedway were racing there. So come on to the stadium owner, let's start getting the speedway fans of Weymouth being happy again. I do miss watching the Wildcats racing a lot. So let's everyone be happy. Football at the currant stadium & our speedway back where it once belong too. Mr Speedway
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Thu 8 May 14

melcombe boy says...

I hope our good intentioned chairman reads this thread.
Lets all dream of a time not so long ago when we competed with Yeovil on a level playing field. That is who we need to emulate and strive to equal. These plans are a joke!!!!
I hope our good intentioned chairman reads this thread. Lets all dream of a time not so long ago when we competed with Yeovil on a level playing field. That is who we need to emulate and strive to equal. These plans are a joke!!!! melcombe boy
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Thu 8 May 14

JACKC says...

Mr Speedway there is NO WAY they will consider your suggestion. They want TO BUILD HOUSES ON THAT LAND - end of. Weymouth FC will give in to them. WFC don't betray your supporters and move to the tip (which is what is proposed). Greedy developers yet again dictating what will happen to any bit of land in Weymouth.
Mr Speedway there is NO WAY they will consider your suggestion. They want TO BUILD HOUSES ON THAT LAND - end of. Weymouth FC will give in to them. WFC don't betray your supporters and move to the tip (which is what is proposed). Greedy developers yet again dictating what will happen to any bit of land in Weymouth. JACKC
  • Score: 3

4:32pm Fri 9 May 14

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

proud maggot wrote:
craigbastow1@outlook

.com
wrote:
proud maggot wrote:
Douglas Mc wrote:
Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies.

Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?
Becoming..... we have been for years!
flag bearers you have just been relegated maggot brain .
From the league above you......
your in the league below maggot brain get used to it .
[quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]craigbastow1@outlook .com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]proud maggot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the Board has no ambition for WFC and won't mind Dorchester becoming the flag bearer for Dorset non- league football. May as well support Portland or Chickerell. Well not the first WFC Board to believe in fairies. Why remove an objection to a site that the FA and Sports England are not keen on?[/p][/quote]Becoming..... we have been for years![/p][/quote]flag bearers you have just been relegated maggot brain .[/p][/quote]From the league above you......[/p][/quote]your in the league below maggot brain get used to it . craigbastow1@outlook.com
  • Score: -2

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