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Council chief says A2 land not right' for footie stadium

PUBLISHED: 18:23 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

THE council leader has quashed claims that a new ground for Ebbsfleet FC will be built on an activity park planned next to the A2. A leaked e-mail from Brian Kilcullen, the director of Fleet Group Development, to Paul Carter, the Kent County Council lead

THE council leader has quashed claims that a new ground for Ebbsfleet FC will be built on an activity park planned next to the A2.

A leaked e-mail from Brian Kilcullen, the director of Fleet Group Development, to Paul Carter, the Kent County Council leader, detailed plans for a new ground in Northfleet on the site of the former A2.

Club bosses at the Stonebridge Road ground have been in talks with both Gravesham Borough Council and KCC about a new stadium for over two years.

But on Monday Gravesham leader Mike Snelling added: "I am fully aware of, and support, the ambitions of the club for a new stadium and I have been engaged in meetings with the club and major landowners for the past two years to find them the sort of site they need in order to thrive, but this site on the A2 sandwich land is not appropriate.

"We are committed to the Activity Park and this stadium scheme runs counter to that, in addition to being very challenging as regards amenity issues for residents and our Green Belt policy. Residents have been consulted on the Activity Park at every stage and have been very supportive of it. I want to emphasise to them that neither this council nor the county council have in any way supported or encouraged the development of a football stadium on this site."

Mr Kilcullen refused to make a comment on the council statement this week.

The activity park, on the former A2 land, is to include a pavilion, cycle tracks and a BMX track.

A planning application is due to be submitted in the next few weeks.

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