THE executors of Nigel Eady’s will have told the Advertiser that no commitment has been made on their part in aiding the funding of Swindon Town’s training facility.
The club, along with DPDS - the Swindon-based planning consultancy firm tasked by Town to guide them through the planning process - released a statement on Tuesday night laying out their plans to move forward with developing the Twelve Oaks site in Highworth, which was purchased by chairman Lee Power, using his own money, back in November 2015.
The news came in the wake of a public planning committee meeting, at which DPDS group managing director Les Durrant, and Town legend Fraser Digby, who is working on behalf of DPDS, made their initial proposal for the project to Highworth Town Council.
In the statement, the club raised the fact that money left in the will of lifelong Town supporter Eady, understood to be in the region of £2million and ring-fenced for a project that is for the long-term benefit of the football club and wider community, is still available.
Power said that the club, with the help of DPDS, have been working closely with the Nigel Eady Trust and was ‘delighted’ that the funds ‘could’ be used to develop the facilities laid out in their plans, which include seven new grass pitches and an all-weather 4G floodlit pitch as well as developing the existing clubhouse.
However, only one meeting has been held between both parties and the Trust are some way from agreeing to any deal on how the money should be spent, in agreement with the will.
That does not rule out the prospect of the Trust agreeing to use the funds for what the club are proposing, which the Adver understand to be a deal to purchase a section of the near-80 acre site, but along with the proposal from Swindon Town Supporters’ Trust to purchase the County Ground, further talks will need to be had before the Trust are at a stage where they can commit to a project they think fits their restricted bill.
A statement from the Nigel Eady Trust read: “The trustees have nothing to report and nothing has happened in the last six months to take anything forward.
“We would talk to any interested persons and we will rule nothing in and nothing out.
“We have had nothing yet that we would put forward to our lawyers to consider.”
Swindon Town were unavailable to comment any further on their statement at this time.