Sports ground would be great loss

SIR - With reference to Mrs. Pamela Paddon s letter (Sports Ground was given to the People) in your issue of March 31, when is Torridge District Council going to admit that it is not in their power to dispose of such an asset given to the Borough of Bide

SIR - With reference to Mrs. Pamela Paddon's letter (Sports Ground was given to the People) in your issue of March 31, when is Torridge District Council going to admit that it is not in their power to dispose of such an asset given to the Borough of Bideford ?

This is not the first time that Mrs. Paddon has written on this matter and, on the last occasion, I once again supported her.

I was employed by the former Bideford & North Devon Gazette for some 28 years, with the newspaper's H.Q. being at 5, Grenville Street, Bideford.

This address was also the registered address of Bideford Sports Ground Limited, with the Chairman of the Board the owner of the Gazette, Mr. Frederick Lee.


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Regular meetings were held in Grenville Street, Bideford and, from memory, the late Mr. Jack Fulford, a director of George Boyle Ltd., and a prominent Town Councillor and former Mayor of the Borough, together with a Mr. Maurice Moore, a local businessman, were on the board.

When the Sports Ground was handed over to the Town and the Limited Company foreclosed, I always understood that the Sports Ground was handed over to the Borough IN PERPETUITY FOR SPORT.

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I cannot visualise Jack Fulford not safeguarding the situation. So why all the controversy? No doubt the excuse will be that all the correspondence has been lost over the years !.

As a former President of Bideford A.F.C. I have aired my opinion before and, without prejudice, I feel it would be a great loss to the Town if the sporting venue was changed, let alone the expense involved on the Ratepayers in the move.

Come on, Torridge, please drop this silly ambition.

C.C. Prust.

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