Wealdstone chairman Rory Fitzgerald has said the club are waiting to hear back from the National League on their request to delay the ground grading deadline.

Fitzgerald was speaking in an update to the club’s supporters, in which he explained:

“We unfortunately haven’t heard back from the National League in relation to a request for a delay to the ground grading deadline, given the financial landscape and the impact of lockdown on the availability of materials and contractors, and therefore, we have commenced the required works, which will run into many tens of thousands of pounds.

“At the start of the season, the ground capacity was at 3982, awaiting confirmation from the local council. Following the first informal grading inspection by the league, our capacity was reduced to 3855; this was because we had to introduce yellow hatched areas where no standing is allowed.

“This has led us to commission a new covered stand with a capacity of 200. This will raise our ground capacity to over the required 4,000 to remain in the league.

“As a club, we want to maintain our status as a National League club as well as the integrity of the league and our reputation as a senior non-league club. However, achieving all of the above is currently totally incompatible with ensuring the club’s financial stability.”

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