Council funds rugby club £35k


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The club had to spend virtually all its funds when the pitch became waterlogged with severe drainage problems.

BIDEFORD Town Council has put up a £30,000 interest-free loan to the town’s rugby clu, 10-year after problems with the pitch drained its finances.

Drainage problems meant the club had to use virtually all of its funds to dig up the pitch and lay nine new drains, chippings and 300 tonnes of topsoil.

Councillor Phil Pester put forward the motion at the full town council meeting on Thursday.

He said: “The grounds people told them to investigate the water-logged pitch, which they did, but found it opened up a can of worms.

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“They have about 300 youngsters and at the end of the season they couldn’t even play there at all, it was like a lake.”

Councillors agreed the interest-free loan should be given to the club over a ten year period, to be paid off at a rate of £3,000 a year.

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Councillor Tony Inch said: “They do a great service to the town by keeping youngsters off the street.

“It costs the rugby club about £70,000 a year to run it and most of them are volunteers.”

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