Chesham United chairman Peter Brown has been speaking about the challenges of sustaining the club, reiterating that moving away from their current home is ‘the only viable solution’.
The club announced at the beginning of this year that they had signed an exclusivity agreement with their preferred partners to relocate from The Meadow, with the development of a new football facility within Chesham.
Chairman Brown has provided a detailed update to supporters, within which he explained:
“I have made no secret of our need to make the club sustainable and the only viable solution to doing that is to look at moving to new facilities where we can generate the level of income needed to fund a club at this level, and maybe even above. As heart-breaking as it will be to leave The Meadow, when running a football club, you are constantly tormented by the conflict between your heart and your head, and when it comes to the financial security and survival of the club, the business head has to rule.
“With that in mind, I was a little shocked and surprised, disappointed even, to read criticism of the plans to move to a new ground printed within our very own matchday programme last week. Everyone has the right to their opinion.
“I welcome other opinions and fresh ideas and that’s why week after week I have conversations with people who love the club and want to help drive it forward, as a team. I do think, however, that it’s also important to be able to be transparent and provide some key numbers that sit at the heart of our plans to move and why it’s not just being done on a whim.
“Far from it, in fact.”