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EXCLUSIVE: Kilcullen reveals fresh Fleet site

PUBLISHED: 18:17 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET United are poised to turn their backs on the proposed site for their new ground in favour of a fresh location. The club announced in June this year that a plot of land had been chosen to house an 8,000 capacity ground. However, Fleet director a

EBBSFLEET United are poised to turn their backs on the proposed site for their new ground in favour of a fresh location.

The club announced in June this year that a plot of land had been chosen to house an 8,000 capacity ground. However, Fleet director and head of the stadium project, Brian Kilcullen, has revealed the current global financial turmoil has allowed him to re-jig his plans in the wake of plunging house prices.

He said: "The fact the residential market has plummeted hasn't helped the current plans we have. The costs involved with the site and the falling financial market means it is not as attractive as it was.

"However, it has thrown up the opportunity of another site, which wasn't available to us six months ago and might be now, which is better value than the previous one."

This alternative abode, like the one proposed four months ago, is located within three miles of their current base, Stonebridge Road in Northfleet. Although it had previously been discarded at the start of 2008, the club are now undergoing a secondary feasibility study there that will take "a few months" to conclude.

Kilcullen, who would not confirm the location of either site, said: "Both sites are big enough to deliver what we want them to. There is residential property planned for the site we identified back in June, but the newer site we are looking at is not as residential biased. It will be a commercial and leisure project.

"We're still at a stage where a stadium won't be bought for three to five years, which is quite a long time, and who knows what will be going on at that stage?"

Kilcullen also insisted that the financial performance of the football club would not have a negative impact on the stadium project.

Earlier this month, MyFootballClub - the website community that bought a 75 per cent stake in Ebbsfleet back in February - released their profit and loss figures for the three months to August 2008, which showed a loss of £157,000.

Kilcullen said: "The ongoing losses at the football club are down to day-to-day operations and long-term strategic projects are outside of that.

"Ebbsfleet is a football club that doesn't have money to buy land. We have a council who haven't got money to give us land and we haven't got a benefactor who is going to put in millions of pounds.

"But the new stadium won't cost Ebbsfleet anything, although if the football club was ever in the situation when it could put money in then that would be all well and good.

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