Nuneaton Town have confirmed to supporters in and around the town that they are doing everything in their power to try and rectify the current situation around the Coombe Abbey Arena. 

There are now five skips currently blocking the turnstiles at the ground, but no impact has been made on home matches moving forward as confirmed by the safety advisory group.nuneaton

The skips were placed there at the request of Nuneaton Rugby Club who have their statement on the matter posted on their website

Chairman Lee Thorn said: “We would like to place on the record that as a football club we are considering all options available to us but to do nothing is not one of them.

“We have been in constant communication with the rugby club, and we have informed them we are happy to offer under the same terms as the previous ground share agreement that was in place in recent years i.e. circa 2009-15, this would be on the basis that they remove all the current obstacles and both parties seek to repair the differences brought about by recent actions between the towns two major sporting clubs.”

Neil Robinson NRFC vice-chairman replied on behalf of the Rugby club. “He stated that the rugby club committee do not see any commercial value in this agreement and they declined it. The rugby club were only after re-instating the original ground sharing agreement or the new proposal they made to us before Christmas”.

The original groundshare agreement which was null and void following the liquidation of Nuneaton Boro Football Club in 2008 termination clause reads as following:

23 .1 (d) enters into liquidation (save for the purposes of amalgamation or reconstruction) or petitions or passes a resolution to wind up or appoint an administrator.

The original 2006 document cancelled this ground share agreement and not the newly formed NTFC under the t&c’s of the 2006 document.

The original groundshare was heavily weighted in favour of the rugby club and after the football club purchased the stadium for £420,000, a further figure of £1.7 million was spent on the stadium development, and in fact since 2007 a further £600,000 has been spent on the stadium.

The original agreement included a pitch usage fee of £33 per game up to 30 games per year index linked for a period of 125 years from 2006 in favour of NRFC.

The newly-proposed NRFC groundshare agreement sent by Neil Robinson NRFC vice-chairman is what the Rugby club are trying to reach an agreement with NTFC on and includes:

NRFC shall provide NTFC free access to its land to the Stadium Arena on match days only in return for NTFC to permit NRFC the use of the Stadium Arena to host rugby matches. (a right the Football club considers is already in place via the TP1 land registry document).

If any planned rugby match that is cancelled by NTFC through cup competition or postponement and cannot be scheduled to be hosted on the Stadium Arena, shall be subject to a cancellation fee of £2,000 made payable to NRFC within seven days as means of compensation by NTFC.

In summary

•       2006 agreement NRFC paid £33 per game index linked for 125 years.

•       Circa 2009- 2015 agreement NRFC paid £375 per game renewed on a yearly basis.

•       The new 2016/2017 NRFC proposed agreement was at £0 per game and NTFC to pay NRFC £2000 compensation for any games cancelled by NTFC.

All-inter club correspondence has been answered within two days of receipt by NTFC apart from the offer of the new ground share agreement sent by Neil Robinson.

Thorn added: “In the meantime, our games will be going ahead as per our league and cup fixture list, and we are planning and implementing the re-configuration of the stadiums access and egress points to elevate this dispute on a permanent basis.

“I ask fans to be patient whilst these changes are implemented and please also observe the updated emergency evacuation procedures which will be posted at all ground entry points and via the club’s usual media outlets.

“Please show your support for the team on Saturday as this disruption must not be allowed to dismantle the fantastic work Tommy Wright and the lads have shown us all in the last 6 weeks #uptheboro”

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