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Cricko

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From today Echo: Stadium won't figure in next council budget.


Council finance bosses believe work on Southend United's new stadium will not start for at least another 7 months.

Finance chiefs at the Civic Centre are not banking on getting the £7.7 million as part of the Blues stadium deal and have left the figure out of the councils budget, which runs until April next year.
In a report for councillors, head of finance Joe Chesterton said, "The FF project has been removed from the capital programme until certainty of developer contribution can be ascertained"

Under the deal agreed by SUFC last year Southend council will be paid the money to spend on road and town centre improvements in return for granting planning permission for the new stadium. The first £3 million has been underwritten by Sainsbury's which will bankroll the FF development in order to build on Roots Hall. The first £500k will be due to the council from the moment building work starts. Blues chairman RM vowed earlier this summer the project would begin this month but work has still not started.

A new start date has not yet been announced although club insiders said January had been pencilled in by the planners. Finance chiefs are required to make predictions about expected income so the authority can properly plan for future projects. However a club source said the councils number crunching had no influence on the development. The club is still waiting for the authority to approve a time extension for its plans. The source added " at present the construction tenders are being analysed with the preferred contractors and we also await the related planning application to be considered by the council which we hope will be soon".



So no mention of new road plans holding things up then ..*Sigh*
 

tottenham541

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7 months and that is the earliest start date, does make you wonder if it will ever happen:sad:
 

lawrenceaustin

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are you even suprised? there is no point even thinking about "the stadium" until diggers are on site... RM is just spewing up bullsh*t after bullsh*t to keep the moaners at bay - lets focus on the football - at least we have something to be happy about in that!
 

Cricko

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are you even suprised? there is no point even thinking about "the stadium" until diggers are on site... RM is just spewing up bullsh*t after bullsh*t to keep the moaners at bay - lets focus on the football - at least we have something to be happy about in that!

Nope not at all old chap...the whole thing is a mess and seems to get worse as the days pass by......As you say at least we have the footie to concentrate on.
 

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Time for an email to the Council I think...

Something is not right here.

As soon as the council agree the extension, then in theory Sainsbury's cough up and we can get on with the build.

So, what exactly is the reason the council have not passed the plans yet? As the expiry date for decision was weeks ago. And this has not been discussed at any of the Development Control meetings recently.

So either SUFC have not got their ship in order to proceed yet. Or the Council are playing hard ball for some reason.

It really does not make sense. But the fact SBC have publicly come out and made a statement, would suggest that they are trying to get SUFC to get a move on...

If that is the case, what the **** is the hold up at SUFC's end now?
 
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The council are just being prudent.

They are undertaking a half yearly budget re-forecast, the Stadium money would have been in there last year and not being forthcoming would have left them a shortfall.

in these days of draconian budget cuts the last thing they need is to allocate the stadium money only for it not to appear.

Alternatively they may just be taking it out of this years budget because it will be better utilised when the cuts really take affect next year and they won't realistically be expecting to get it until the final quarter anyway.
 

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I'm surprised the council are even trying to allocate the money as we all know its going to go to "high street paving repairs" anyway
 
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