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Calne Town get lease extended to allow for grant bid
Calne Town Football Club’s application to renew its lease for the use of land at Bremhill View was granted by town councillors this week.
The club, founded in 1886, is one of the oldest in Wiltshire. Players train on a full size flood-lit pitch and on match day the stadium seats 100 people.
It currently has a 15 year lease with the town council for the Bremhill View site, which was signed on September 28, 2006.
Since signing it has spent around £60,000 to improve facilities on the Bremhill site, including new seating, a referee room, a catering hut, improved changing facilities and pitch improvement.
The club now has the opportunity to apply to the Football Foundation and the local landfill community funds for a grant of £30,000 which will cover the costs of futher improvement to comply with league standards.
There are plans to add a standing stand and a new toilet block, but to apply for the money the club needs a 21-year-old lease.
This was granted on November 26 at a full town council meeting.
“A straightforward renewal of lease will cost between £500 and £750 plus VAT which will now be paid by the club.
Kevin Whitehorn, the town’s community football development officer, said: “It’s fantastic news really. They’ve done a cracking job to bring it forward to where it is now, but they need new funding to improve it further and to bring it up to league standard.”
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