We encourage all Yeovil fans that are concerned with the proposal to sale our assets to SSDC to get in touch with our council.
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I have recently been made aware that representatives of Scott Priestnall and South Somerset District Council are engaged in the process of completing the deal which was approved by SSDC in December 2020. A deal which would see SSDC purchase the assets of Yeovil Town Football Club.
The fact that this deal is taking place in a period of ‘purdah’, and the fact that our Chairman has repeatedly failed to communicate with supporters or attend alliance meetings, has meant that there as not been any scrutiny at all about whether this is in the best interest of our football club. Scott has recently publicly stated that public consultation took place back in December 2020, however the landscape of the club and society has changed dramatically since then. Also, back in 2020 he failed to respond to the majority of questions and concerns that supporters raised through official channels.
Whether there is a period of purdah or not, you are answerable and accountable to your constituents. It does not seem right that this is being rushed through under purdah, meaning our council are not available to comment or be held to account.
As a fan, I believe that any deal with the council that would see Yeovil Town Football Club become tenants in our own stadium is potentially catastrophic for the long term security and viability of an important community asset. While the deal will almost certainly benefit the council and Scott Priestnall, I am concerned that there will not be the safeguards in place to ensure the football club will see any benefit from the deal, or ever be in a position to buy the assets back. This deal could also make the club completely unviable to any investors that might be able to take the club forward. Therefore I do not believe this is a responsible use of taxpayers money.
I would ask that you consider again whether doing business with Scott Priestnall is genuinely in the interests of the football club and the constituents you are called to serve. I would also ask that you look at the details of the Government Led Review of football and ask yourself if this is in keeping with the spirit of accountability and supporters voices being heard which willhopefully soon become law.
I look forward to your response.