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Fleet's ground closes for builders

PUBLISHED: 14:50 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 23 August 2010

CONSTRUCTION work at Ebbsfleet United s training ground has forced the site to close. Major building work at AEI sports Club in Gravesend began on Monday, leaving the Fleet searching for an alternative site. Club Chairman Duncan Holt said the facility h

CONSTRUCTION work at Ebbsfleet United's training ground has forced the site to close.

Major building work at AEI sports Club in Gravesend began on Monday, leaving the Fleet searching for an alternative site.

Club Chairman Duncan Holt said the facility had come under new ownership, sparking the rebuild.

He said: "We knew it would come at some point, because the whole thing is being rebuilt. We are now looking at a number of options but unfortunately there aren't a lot of options in the area."

Mr Holt also revealed he heard of the closure "second-hand" through contacts in the Gravesend League during the weekend, leading to confusion over whether Gravesham Borough Council had ordered the closure.

But a council spokesperson said: "Gravesham Borough Council can categorically state that it did not order, or request, the closure of AEI Sports Ground."

Team manager Liam Daish has previously been critical of AEI sports club, calling it "not up to scratch".

Training has moved to the club's Stonebridge Road ground while a long term solution is explored.

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