North Ferriby United’s owner says he is looking into using the football club’s ground as a travellers’ site to boost revenue.
Jamie Waltham, who bought the club late last year, claims the move could generate £2,461 a week, with the ground cleared for match days. But a member of North Ferriby Parish Council, which owns the Grange Lane ground, says this could not happen under the terms of the lease.
Mr Waltham claims the club, which plays its final home game of the season on Saturday, needs new forms of revenue.
He says: “We are currently in talks with council and government officials to satisfy their demand for new travellers’ sites within the East Riding, it’s a real shame only around 1.5 per cent of residents of Ferriby and Swanland support the great level of football on their doorstep and as a result the club is forced to look at new ways to bring in revenue.
“The ground at Ferriby will accommodate 46 caravans at £53.50 a week, that’s £2,461.00 a week which could be a great amount of money to the club, with shower and changing facilities already on site as well as a clubhouse Ferriby’s ground is ideal and local travelling families are already scoping out the site and when we have a game they can just pull off for a few hours and maybe park on the Duke (of Cumberland) car park.”
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