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Work to begin on £100,000 Ebbsfleet ground development

PUBLISHED: 10:55 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:55 17 June 2013

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Work has begun on a £100,000 development programme at Ebbsfleet United's Stonebridge Road ground, it was announced this morning.

It was one of the conditions new owners KEH Sports Ltd included in their offer before buying formally buying the club at the start of this month.

Fleet director Stuart Butler-Gallie said: “We recognise that the general condition of the stadium is very poor and if we want to attract fans back to the club it is essential that significant improvements are made before the start of the new season.

“Our plan is to renew the two roofs on the Plough End and Liam Daish stands and to generally refurbish all areas of the stadium.

“This will enable us to progress discussions with Gravesham Council on the future development of Stonebridge Road and understand the impact of other development proposals for the area and any implications that may or may not have for the club.”

It continues a busy week for Fleet as new manager Steve Brown bolstered his squad for the Conference South campaign.

Tom Phipp has signed to stay at Stonebridge Road for a fourth season while Craig Rance and Shane Huke become the fourth and fifth players to follow Brown from Dover Athletic this close season.

Stacey Long, who won the FA Trophy with Fleet at Wembley in 2008, returns to the club after four years away.

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