Newcastle United Supporters Keep Up Fight To Stop Mike Ashley Selling Club’s Future
The great work by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) continues, as they attempt to try and stop Mike Ashley selling off the future of Newcastle United.
The Newcastle United owner is in the process of trying to sell the lease on land opposite the Gallowgate end, which could make it impossible to ever increase the St.James’ Park capacity, no matter what the circumstances in the future. If the sale of the land lease goes through, it is estimated that it would only make a few million at best, a very small price compared to what impact it could have in the future on the club and supporters.
Making sure the matter is given a public spotlight and debate, NUST have released a statement stating who they understand the preferred developer is, plus the Trust are looking to meet them to discuss how they could potentially develop the land but also leave it possible for a future increase of the Newcastle United capacity for future generations.
The NUST statement is below;
Selling Off Newcastle United’s Future – Update
As members are aware, NUST have been carefully watching events in relation to the club’s disposal of their lease of land adjacent to the metro station behind the Gallowgate.
Whilst other clubs in the Premier League appear to be looking towards increasing capacity, disposal of the land at Gallowgate would prevent any future development of St James Park.
At the last Newcastle United fans forum, club officials revealed that they were to choose from two developers.
NUST now understands that Morgan Sindall Developments Limited are set to be chosen as the preferred developer. A report to be approved by North East Councils asks for consent for the lease to be transferred from the club to the developer.
The Trust have engaged planners and lawyers from its own ranks who have advised that the transfer of the lease is essentially an administrative process and any subsequent development of the land will be subject to consent from Newcastle City Council planners, which could take a number of months.
The Trust will be writing to the developer in order to seek a meeting, in order to better understand their plans going forward.
Trust chairman Norman Watson said
“The Trust are seeking a meeting with the developer to learn more about their future intentions for the site. We are hopeful that any development of the site will be sympathetic to the possibility of any future ground expansion.”
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