Calls for certainty over club’s future

WITH Horsham Football Club’s eyes set firmly on a new ground south of Horsham at Hop Oast questions have been raised about the future of land at The Holbrook Club.

The sports club’s site in North Heath Lane, Horsham, is owned by the football club and its part-sale is seen as a key move to secure funding for the club’s move.

The County Time exclusively revealed plans two weeks ago and debate has raged since then about how any deal might be hammered out.

Last week residents backing on to The Holbrook Club reacted to the prospect of homes being built on a strip of land currently used by the sports club.

Now directors at the Holbrook Club have reached out to Horsham Football Club and called for clarity over a proposed long-term lease at North Heath Lane.

A statement released to the County Times said: “The Holbrook Club directors are pleased that, at last there seems to be positive progress after a prolonged period of uncertainty for both the Holbrook Club and Horsham Footbal Club. The Holbrook Club is an integral part of the overall solution that will see Horsham Football Club find, secure and build a new home.

“The Holbrook Club’s goal has always been to provide the maximum community and sporting facilities at the North Heath Lane site at an affordable price. The Holbrook Club is effectively a non profit making organisation with all our profits reinvested in the club’s facilities.

“The Holbrook Club would like to clarify the position regarding recent comments made by Horsham Football Club, regarding their offer of a 21-year lease to The Holbrook Club. This has only been a verbal offer. To date, there have been no discussions regarding the substance of any such lease (eg terms and conditions, rent etc).

“The Holbrook Club look forward to entering substantive negotiations with Horsham Football Club on the new proposed lease that will secure The Holbrook Club’s future and thereby allowing The Holbrook Club to lend its full support to Horsham Football Club’s bid to secure a new home.”

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