02/10/2018: Joint Trust & Football Club Statement On Perdiswell Appeal Decision

Well done to Worcester City for winning this appeal.

Worcester City FC Supporters' Trust

Worcester City Football Club and Supporters’ Trust Joint Statement

Following a review of the appeal decision report, the Trust and Club are pleased to have gained planning permission for a community sports facility at Perdiswell.

It was encouraging to see the Planning Inspector allowed the appeal and granted planning permission recognising the significant public benefits stating ‘the proposal would provide considerable community and recreational benefits’ and ‘would not unacceptably compromise the quality and character of the Green Space when considered as a whole’.

The vision for this development is to benefit the whole of Worcester far beyond just football. The on-site facilities will promote health and well-being whilst providing a sporting hub for many local community groups.

The Football Club and The Supporters’ Trust are working closely together in unity to progress towards a position where Worcester City FC are back in the City as an integral pillar of the…

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It’s Meltdown Monday as Southern’s new train timetable bites

Nightmare on Meltdown Monday as new timetable causes problem after problem.

Even my twice monthly visit to Lewisham will be impacted as the direct train to Queens Road, Peckham has been removed from the timetable.

Have to go to New Cross Gate with a change too, and may mean the 436 bus will be too full to join for the last part of the journey.

Will know, when I try for the first time this coming Thursday (24/5).

Inside Croydon

Entirely predictably, Govia Thameslink, the operators in charge of Southern train services, have caused complete chaos with their new timetable, as our transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON reports

Oh.

No one needed to study the works of Nostradamus to predict the train chaos yesterday and today, as probably the world’s least reliable rail network introduced a new timetable.

“The new Thameslink train timetable has completely revolutionised the way I don’t get where I’m going on time,” as one pissed-off commuter put it.

For months, Inside Croydon has been highlighting some of the less-than-optimal “improvements” in the services supposedly provided by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) under its 2020 timetable revision, which was supposed to start yesterday.

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Our clueless councils are killing residents with toxic air

Sutton, Surrey air quality.

Inside Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After a week of shambles and chaos in neighbouring borough Sutton, with Carshalton Ponds being drained without any advance warning and with Veolia – who are familiar to Croydon residents after years of lacklustre service – missing bin collections and three-hour queues forming around local DIY shops just to collect the newly required containers, NICK MATTEY, pictured right, defies a council gag to warn of a far greater environmental calamity being created – and all using your money to pay for it

There is a definite air quality problem in Sutton and specifically in Worcester Park and Beddington.

In 2010, according to Sutton Council, there were 102 “excess deaths” within Sutton attributable to high levels of fine particulates (PM2.5) pollution and a further 157 deaths attributable to high levels of NO2. That is 259 deaths in total.

Sutton Council has admitted that “the Beddington Lane area, which is…

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More (I)FABulous law changes on their way

a great article by Stuart Noel. Well worth a read.

The Ball is Round

If yesterday’s Premier League games tells us anything about the state of the game today its that referees get big decisions wrong from time to time.  Spectacularly wrong in the instances at Swansea City v Burnley and Manchester United v Bournemouth where the decisions had a material impact on the game, if not the result.  With great power comes great responsibility and whilst many of us will question their ability to handle the pressure of a billion pairs of eyes scrutinising any and every decision, it is something that they will have to live with.

The use of video replays would have made a massive difference yesterday.  In the game at Swansea, Anthony Taylor blew his whistle to give a penalty to Burnley for handball.  Play was halted by his whistle so if video technology was in use, he would have easily been told that it was the Burnley play…

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LibDem councillor kept directorship secret for nearly 3 years

Interesting news

Inside Croydon

A Sutton councillor who for nearly three years failed to declare her directorship in a registered business has been let off with just a warning by her Liberal Democrat group leader, Ruth Dombey.

Nighat Piracha: 'forgot' to declare her interest in £700,000 business Nighat Piracha: ‘forgot’ to declare her interest in £700,000 business

Nighat Piracha is a LibDem councillor for Beddington North ward, which borders Croydon. First elected in 2014, Piracha went until last week failing to provide details of her company directorships, as is required under the councillors’ code of conduct and the Nolan Principles for conduct in public office.

Piracha’s directorship of KMCNR Properties Services Ltd, according to the official records listed at Companies House, pre-dates her election as a councillor.

Piracha got round to adding details of her directorships to the official Sutton Council declarations of interest just two days before Christmas. Her sudden discovery of this important principle of public office only seems to have…

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Community action

I visited Fisher FC earlier in the season, when their game failed to clash with AFC Wimbledon and met up with secretary Ian Murphy, who is a Dons supporter too.

It is great to see the progress being made, and I am delighted for them.

The Ball is Round

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”

Many people consider Bill Shankly to be one of the greatest football managers of all time.  However, it’s hard to imagine how he would fare today where fans across the world not only expect results but entertainment.  The Premier League’s global audience of millions do not want to see “games for the purist”.  They want to see goals, controversy and manager’s losing the plot as decisions go against them. Football at the highest level in this country no longer more important than life and death – it’s about tweets, likes, posts, pins and above all viewing figures.

Many Premier League clubs will make as much in incremental revenue this season under the new TV deal and their new commercial deals as they generate through ticket sales (see our analysis here

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It’s official: Sutton scrutiny chair does have conflict of interest

More farce from Sutton LibDems.

Inside Croydon

It’s official: The position of a Sutton councillor on a panel to distribute £1million-worth of “hush money” from incinerator operator Viridor does hold inherent conflicts of interest.

Sutton logoThat’s the view of Jessica Crowe, one of Sutton Council’s most senior public servants.

Crowe’s advice contradicts entirely the public position originally aired by the council, and ought to cause further extreme embarrassment for the usually shameless LibDems who control Sutton Council.

Pathumal Ali is a Liberal Democrat councillor for Beddington North ward who was recently promoted to chair Sutton Council’s influential scrutiny committee. 

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