- Dec 9, 2011
I was going on the satellite image of the CH and from that there looks to be easily enough space to provide small seating units similar to the ones at WSM such as the stand units that Hants posted for example. Not convinced we would need planning permission to move or remove the fence on that side or the need to move floodlights. Even if we were to need PP, why would this be a problem and why would we not expect it to be granted? As for other facilities, a couple of blocks of portaloos and a tea hut don't seem too unachievable to me.Unless there has been realignment of the training pitches at the C&F I think it would be logistically difficult to provide accomodation for a significant number of spectators there. Even if there was money to move the fences.
You'd also need planning permission to move the fence(s) and floodlights and put in specatator facilities (a small covered stand?) which would be problematic. You'd presumably also need extra toilets, maybe enlarged player facilities and a referees' room, more parking, etc and a range of other issues would also arise.
So IMO this is a non-starter.
Women's football is rightly moving on John, it's time to stop looking for excuses not to properly support it. A couple of years ago you were dead against the women playing at SJP, you said there wasn't enough interest in the women's game and the pitch couldn't take it. I'd suggest that the 5000+ people who came to watch the 2 games there this season show that was incorrect. I'm sure you'll say that at the time you made those comments you were correct, however another way to look at it may be that your comments lacked foresight, ambition and genuine support for the women's game. At that time I commented that I thought your comments demonstrated a very conservative attitude towards those issues, that's small 'c', as in to conserve, to keep things the same, to prevent change. If my comments then were inaccurate, it's time to demonstrate that by being proactive and show willing to dedicate resources and money towards actively supporting the women's game and recognising that it might actually take some effort to do this.