The Echo reports here on Rayleigh Sports and Social Club:
….David Medlock, chairman of the club, said they were holding a meeting to consider their response.
He said: “We are very surprised that despite previous assurances we were given the club would not be moved have not endured. We are equally disappointed why we have not been consulted about the reason for the decision and the consequential affect it will have.
“We are concerned that they have not appreciated the full nature of the sports and social club and the affect a move may have on the future viability.
The field contains two full size football pitches, three mini soccer pitches, a cricket pitch and a floodlight training area. The football facilities are used by seven adult teams, one youth and six boys teams. Cricket facilities are used by a total of four adult teams and three youth teams.
Lib Dem councillor Chris Black voted against the plans.He said: “The council is saying we are going to do what we want, you have to agree with our plan, that is bullying tactics. You can’t create good football pitches overnight, there will be a lot of disruption.“If the council want to do a deal then they should contact the club and come to an agreement rather than dictate.”….