Agenda item

Sports Hub - Additional Club Relocation Costs

Decision:

RESOLVED that a final sum of £30,000 be paid to Walton Casuals Football Club by way of lost income for the 2016/17 season.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: LC100, LC200)

 

The Portfolio Holders for Leisure & Culture and Resources considered a report that sought agreement to a final sum being paid to Walton Casuals Football Club in lieu of lost income for the 2016/17 season to enable them to be financially secure going into the new Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub in September 2017.

 

The Portfolio Holders noted that as part of the construction programme of the new Sports Hub, Walton Casuals Football Club had surrendered their lease to vacate Waterside Drive.  In this regard, ground share agreements had been put in place to allow the Club to fulfil its league commitments for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. 

 

As part of the ground share agreements, the host club in both cases had retained all bar and catering revenues with Walton Casuals Football Club retaining all gate receipts.  However, given the geographic distances between Walton on Thames and Merstham and Whyteleaf, the gate income along with programme sales for the Club has reduced significantly from an average £10,000 p.a. to £2,400 p.a.

 

Whilst an interim payment of £30,000 had been made to the Club in 2016 in respect of loss of income for the 2015/16 season, Officers had reviewed the Clubs’ accounts for the 2016/17 season and in this regard, the Club had submitted a request for a further £30,000 in lieu of lost income for the 2016/17 season.

 

On consideration of the report, the Portfolio Holders for Leisure & Culture and Resources supported the request and accordingly,

 

RESOLVED that a final sum of £30,000 be paid to Walton Casuals Football Club by way of lost income for the 2016/17 season.

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