The vice-chairman of Ebbsfleet FC has fired a broadside at Kent County Council over what he claims is its negative attitude to the club’s multi-million pound investment in the community.

Peter Varney used his programme notes for Saturday’s match to take the county council to task, saying that the authority was a “regressive organisation that frustrates rather than encourages development.”

He cited the club’s decision to replace windows in the new stand after they had been broken by vandals five times.

The club also rebuilt a concrete bed outside the Snap Fitness Gym – removing hundreds of stones that were being used by the vandals.

The work replacing the windows was carried out under strict safety conditions but within 24 hours “we received a negative email from KCC raising the issue at the 11th hour” questioning the work “in an accusing way”.

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