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New proposal to relocate Terras
The latest proposal, which includes covered terracing around the stadium, has yet to be reviewed by Terras’ officials but it is clear an agreement is still a long way off.
The football club, based at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Radipole Lane, dismissed the first set of plans and still has concerns about the proposed site.
Terras’ chairman Nigel Biddlecombe said: “I have just received a copy but I have not had a chance to fully review it.
“I am aware they show the ground is completely covered which was one of the huge stumbling blocks with the initial plans.
“It is also my understanding that the application also now states to be at a site to be agreed.
“As a club we are in the process of arranging a meeting to review the plans in detail but at this stage we are still a long way off any agreement.
“The fact they have come some way to meeting us by making the stadium all covered is a start but there is still a long way to go.”
Mr Biddlecombe added: “Personally, I do not see the benefit of moving Weymouth FC to Lodmoor, particularly in the long run, but there are others involved that know a lot more about it than me.
“As a club, we are certainly not 100 per cent behind a move to Lodmoor and that is why we wanted the plans to be changed to a site to be agreed. Nothing is set in stone and everything is up for discussion.”
Club director Shaun Hennessy is also far from convinced. He said: “So far we haven’t seen anything remotely beneficial to the football club. They know our views and we cannot understand why they want to continue down this line because without our agreement it would seem a wasted and expensive exercise.
“Personally I don’t think the Lodmoor site is that bad. However, I do think the site has been condensed and I also believe it would present maintenance problems, long term, in regards to the pitch.
“It is also council land and we have seen no indication that these plans can move forward.”
The club recently sent a letter to Morgan Sindall, which is in partnership with WDP, for answers regarding the ongoing proposals and a meeting with a director of the national firm is now in the pipeline.
But Mr Hennessy said: “We will not roll over, we are in a strong position and we have no intention of doing anything that is not of immense benefit to the football club.”
WDP has an option to acquire the Bob Lucas Stadium in exchange for providing a new stadium within five miles of the current ground; to be at a build cost of £7million plus grants; and to be built to Football League standard.
WDP can exercise that option up to 15 years from the date of the agreement in 2008.