As many will have read, South Somerset District Council have unanimously approved the deal to purchase Huish Park and the surrounding land from Yeovil Town Football Club today. From a Council perspective we can see that this is a low risk commercial deal that will benefit them whichever of the four scenarios outlined by the Council Officers comes to pass. What we all have to decide is will it be a good deal for our football club.
The Glovers Trust applied for an Asset of Community Value registration with SSDC in 2016, thereby protecting, to a certain degree, Huish Park from a snap sale without the community having the opportunity of considering making a counter bid.
We have until the 7th January 2021 to formally notify the Council of an intention to consider a bid. Should notification of such a decision be made by the end of this six week period, the proposed sale will be put on hold for up to six months to allow for consideration of a bid.
A mostly new Trust Board or possibly a completely new one, together with its members will shortly have to make the decision whether to trigger that ACV and send YTFC in one direction or another. The Trust members hold the Club’s future in their hands.
We are working hard to ascertain details that the newly elected board can put to the members in order that we can provide them with as much information as possible before a decision is made on the next steps.
We all want the very best for Yeovil Town Football Club and with all of us working together as the only independent organisation for supporters we can have an influence over the future of our club.
Be you a member or non-member your participation in this process is critical to achieving this aim. Let’s keep the dialogue going.
The Glovers Trust Board