At least 300 people sign new petition supporting Pinchbeck United's plans to build a new football academy and improve village sports field
A football fan from Holbeach has launched an online petition to keep a rival club in its home village.
George Johnstone (67), who moved to Holbeach from Teesside nearly three years ago, is backing Pinchbeck United Football Club and its plans to build a new base for its junior and senior players in the village.
More than 300 people have signed the petition which Mr Johnstone launched after Pinchbeck Parish Council turned down plans by the club to create a football academy on eight acres of land off Northgate, Pinchbeck.
As reported in last week’s Spalding Guardian, Pinchbeck United (nicknamed the Knights) has threatened to leave the village in protest at parish councillors who unanimously voted to object to the club’s plans for Northgate and the redevelopment of the Glebe Field, of Knight Street, Pinchbeck.
Mr Johnstone said: “I started the petition because it seems that the parish council is putting obstacles in the way of a club that’s run by volunteers.
“What caught my eye was the fact that the parish council invited the club to come up with plans for an academy and the Glebe Field which has been backed by South Holland District Council.
“Pinchbeck United has progressed into the same league as Holbeach United which should benefit everybody in the village.
“I just can’t understand for the life of me why these parish councillors, who live in Pinchbeck, have made this decision.”
During a parish council meeting last Monday, vice chairman Coun James Avery said: “I can understand the club wishing to develop the Glebe Field to match its wider aspirations.
“But it must be available for residents to use in perpetuity and should not be fenced off.
“A development off Northgate represents a significant change of use for the long-term and it would have a negative impact on every resident in that location.
“As a parish council, we can’t allow that to happen.”
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