Kingstonian co-chairman Mark Anderson has released a statement regarding the club’s ground sharing plans.
It read “Firstly a huge apology; I have read about and seen fans’ increasing frustration with what they perceive as an increasingly distant and non communicative Board at Kingstonian.
Absolutely not our intention but in all three areas vital to the future of this great football club, Project Chessington, the fans owned community model and ground rent from 2017, there is both hard work and delicate negotiation being done with some progress now being made.
Apologies also to Mr Butler, at VCD Athletic, for not answering his pertinent and relevant questions regarding ground share at the start of next season.
Anyone who knows me knows it is usually very hard to get me to shut up, but when we are talking to a number of different parties then we need to keep those negotiations quiet until we are able to tell you something concrete.
It is as simple as that really, plus I was fuming after a 4-1 loss and after I had helped, I think, to diffuse a “handbags” situation which happened at the end of the game.
The older guy with me was my Dad who was at his first visit to watch the K’s and asked me later in his best Belfast accent “if it is always like this son.” I told him we did have better days but he replied that he was so impressed with it all he wants a season ticket – so every cloud as they say!
In relation to the area I am taking a lead in, the renting of a ground for next season, then I can tell you that a short list of three has been formulated with which we think we could do a deal and all within the local of Kingston Borough.
Each facility has its pros and cons with Friday night or Sunday afternoon football being contemplated in at least one of those venues. I have been impressed with all three in terms of facilities, their professionalism and their general willingness to help and provide the things we need.
Talks are ongoing and then as we promised we will ask for your opinion after we give you our recommendation as the best option. We cannot, as I had originally hoped we could, give you a ballot for which venue you want, as this is just not practical with issues of cost and conditions having to remain confidential.
I have further meetings with all three venues in the next month and we hope to be able to deliver a recommendation before Christmas.
What you all need to be aware of is that we are working hard in all three areas of the Clubs future and in each of these I am told progress has been made and we can update you with developments now we have things we can actually communicate.
Enjoy your “free” weekend!”