Portsmouth City councillors to discuss buying Fratton Park if Pompey are liquidated

UNDER DISCUSSION The future of Fratton Park
UNDER DISCUSSION The future of Fratton Park
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TODAY Portsmouth City Council will debate whether to use its funds to buy Fratton Park.

The authority will be urged to purchase the stadium to ensure that it can always be used by Portsmouth Football Club.

With the club in administration for the second time in two years the suggestion was proposed by Tory councillor Steve Wemyss as a safeguard in case Pompey is liquidated.

There is already a clause in the Portsmouth Plan to protect the land for use as a football stadium, but members of the council’s Conservative group have argued this may not be enough if the club went under.

In a motion before the council they urge ‘officers to enter into negotiations with the administrator of Portsmouth Football Club or the owners of Fratton Park’ with a view to acquiring its freehold.

The leader of the city council Gerald Vernon-Jackson said he had already held talks with Pompey’s administrator Trevor Birch about the ownership of the stadium.

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