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Cycle park plan offers Fleet home hope

PUBLISHED: 17:53 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2010

FOOTBALL bosses are continuing to push for a new home for Ebbsfleet United to be built alongside the A2 despite the council going ahead with plans for an activity park on the site. Kent County Council s (KCC) application for an activity park to be built

FOOTBALL bosses are continuing to push for a new home for Ebbsfleet United to be built alongside the A2 despite the council going ahead with plans for an activity park on the site.

Kent County Council's (KCC) application for an activity park to be built on land between the Pepperhill and Marling Cross A2 junctions was recommended for approval at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

If built, the 46-hectare park would feature a British Cycling training centre, a skate park, a café and a host of other facilities.

But Fleet Development Group (FDG), the organisation tasked with finding a new home for Ebbsfleet United, wants the site to also accommodate a new community stadium.

Director Brian Kilcullen said "It shouldn't be us versus KCC, it should be about how KCC can work with us on this stadium project for the benefit of the local community.

"We have worked on how a joint scheme might work at no detriment to the activity park, but KCC are still opposed to it. They think they have some valid reasons and we have put forward our case where we disagree with those reasons. But, I feel it is their democratic duty to positively listen to what we have to say and properly explore the benefits of what that might bring to the borough of Gravesham.

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