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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Owner of Hartlepool United frustrated at ground redevelopment plans

Hartlepool United owner Raj Singh has expressed his sadness and frustration at what he feels is a lack of progress on the club’s ground redevelopment plans.

He’s made clear his disappointment at the council who seem to be dragging their feet over the move, citing everything is behind schedule.

The well-respected businessman who has been at the helm four years is hoping to build on the recent success of the club by creating a new 21st century ground along with redevelopment in the Mill House area with new commercial and community possibilities. Mr Singh believes the club is currently chasing “dreams and shadows.”

This all follows on from a memorandum of understanding signed by both the council and the club last summer. This was all part of the council recognising the importance of the club to the town and the need to explore options for redeveloping the Suit Direct Stadium, leased from the council but reaching the end of its life.

Mr Singh explained: “Fans have been asking a lot of questions on the development of the stadium.

“I am saddened to say that there really isn’t anything in the way of an update.

“This is really disappointing because it was early June last year that we signed the memorandum of understanding and some seven months later we are not any further forward where we can report something substantial to our fans.”

Despite several meetings between both parties there seems to be little further progress on the plans at a time when the team was preparing for an EFL Trophy semi final with a Wembley appearance at stake.

My Singh added: “We have been at the club nearly four years now and I’d like to think we have kept our side of the bargain to deliver over and above what we promised when we came in.

“It is now almost at a stage where I feel that we are wasting time and money on something that is unlikely to develop into what we were all hoping for.

“This is really disappointing because it was early June last year that we signed the memorandum of understanding and some seven months later we are not any further forward where we can report something substantial to our fans.”

“I am on record as saying, for me, January and February were very important months this year to see if this project could be delivered.

“Unfortunately, I am not confident with the progress that has been made.”

Hartlepool United looking to redevelop their ground. Image: facebook.

In a statement the council said: “We’re absolutely committed to working in partnership with Hartlepool United and a large number of other stakeholders to deliver development right across the Borough, including the football stadium.

“Following the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Hartlepool United and Hartlepool Borough Council, we have continued to liaise with club representatives and met with them just last month to discuss their early planning proposals and look at next steps.

“The council has already provided a significant amount of data, intelligence and expertise to the club’s early business model and we are committed to bringing other partners to the table to further develop a proposed master plan.

“We fully appreciate the desire to progress quickly and recognise there is lots to do on both sides to realise the development.”

 

 

 

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