Discussions held with ‘number’ of developers

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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust has been in discussions with various developers over securing the long-term future of the club.

The News revealed last week the trust has been in discussions with property developer Stuart Robinson over plans to safeguard Fratton Park as part of its proposals to buy Pompey.

Part of the deal would see Mr Robinson buying the stadium and leasing it back to the trust, The News understands.

But Colin Farmery, trust spokesman, said discussions have been held between the trust and a number of developers during the takeover bid process.

He said: ‘The trust has had discussions with a number of developers.

‘At the end of the day nothing at the moment has been signed or agreed.

‘Ultimately, this is about getting the right property deal to ensure the long-term future of the club.’

Mr Robinson is a property developer based in Upham, near Winchester.

Hackberry Developments UK – of which he is a director – was involved in plans to redevelop Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire, which was occupied by a BT training college, to build up to 350 homes.