Truro football club kicked out from historic home
A ROW over a football pitch near Truro has forced a local club out of its historic home.
Members of Threemilestone AFC are furious after being kicked off their ground.
Players said they were “disappointed and dismayed” with the way Kenwyn Parish Council has handled the affair.
The parish council said it wanted to improve facilities on the playing field for all of the people in the area.
Fantastic offer at Swanson Ford, Newton Abbot. 3 Years FREE Servicing and 5 Years Warranty available on your BRAND NEW FORD FIESTA with the AWARD WINNING ECOBOOST ENGINE!!!
Terms: Limited stock available. Only whilst stock lasts
Contact: 01626 240583
Valid until: Tuesday, December 24 2013
At the beginning of last season Threemilestone AFC moved from their Polstain Road home as Kenwyn had agreed to relay the pitch.
Richard Luff, chairman of Threemilestone AFC, said the club agreed to relocate temporarily to Boscawen Park as Kenwyn Parish Council wanted to relay the pitch.
He said: “They looked at the changing rooms and condemned them. They had it knocked down within a week.”
Kenwyn Parish Council then downgraded the site to recreational use meaning it was no longer possible for Threemilestone AFC to play there.
Mr Luff said: “We’ve been playing up at Threemilestone for at least 30 years. They have taken away the only outdoor sporting club up there.”
The club took the goalposts they owned and were welcomed by Truro City Council. They played at Boscawen Park last season on a temporary basis and will now play all their home games there.
William Robinson, chairman of Kenwyn Parish Council, said: “For over 20 years Kenwyn Parish Council allowed Threemilestone AFC to operate from its parish playing field in the village. The field, when purchased by the parish council, was and remains a playing field for the use of the community. It is not, never has been and never will be, a designated football pitch or ground. It is a playing field which happens to have an area for football contained therein.
Mr Robinson said the council wanted to support the local football team at the same time as providing a safe play area for young people in Threemilestone.
He said: “Unfortunately it proved more and more difficult for us to keep those two aims running in parallel with each other.”