Posted by Unbelievable Geoff on 23/1/2023, 9:50 pm
This article was posted on Wrexham’s official website last week and it gives me the shivers with regard to our own dalliance with fans’ groups and the wilful misuse of the word democracy when applied to an organisation most fans have no interest in. Thank Stott that is all behind us. But is not quite all behind Wrexham yet. Whatever the reason behind Wrexham Trust hanging onto the lease for the Racecourse it should not take a year to resolve and I feel sympathy for the rest of the Wrexham fanbase whilst a handful of divots cling on to relevance. The taste of power is addictive and the time elapsed indicates they don't appear able to let go for the greater good.
Wrexham website article
On February 11, 2022, two days after the announcement that Heads of Terms had been signed to purchase the Racecourse Ground, the Club approached the WST with the request to surrender their lease for the Racecourse Ground.
It was envisaged that this would be achieved when the purchase of the Racecourse Ground from Wrexham Glyndwr University was completed. The purchase was completed on June 29, 2022.
Since the purchase the Club have regularly requested updates from the WST on the status of the request to surrender the lease.
The Club accepts the assurance from the WST that they are acting in good faith regarding the Club’s request to surrender the lease but with no material progress made since the request was made nearly 12 months ago, frustration is growing.
The Club have been sympathetic throughout to the WST and the constitutional challenges that have been faced during the period, including the requirement to reconstitute the Board in recent months and the changes in personnel that followed.
We now have a situation whereby the Club owns the freehold of the stadium, having secured the support of the 94% of the fanbase to take ownership, lease it to WST Assets Limited, and then the Club has a sub-lease from WST Assets.
As part of the transfer from Wrexham Glyndwr University, the Club agreed, among other things that the Racecourse Ground would remain the home of Wrexham AFC until at least June 30, 2115 unless it was agreed that the Racecourse Ground could no longer meet the requirements of the Club. In this circumstance, the Racecourse Ground could only be sold if an alternative stadium site in Wrexham was identified, and planning permission granted for a new stadium.
With the second anniversary of the takeover on February 9, 2023, the Club hope to celebrate having received a clear timeline from the WST as to when their members will be asked to consider the Club’s request to surrender the lease.
They perhaps need at least one of their owners to learn the offside rule before they chuck more money at it.STILL have ‘(Orson) Cartier Industries (Stockport)’ T-shirts left. 5 sizes…£10 adults…£5 kids. Can’t be arsed posting/delivering so pm me & I’ll meet you in a pub if possible!