A junior football club in Wakefield could be granted a new lease for £1 if proposals are approved by the district council’s cabinet next week.
Durkar Devils FC is one of six voluntary sports and recreational clubs in the district that could lease their premises from the council for 30 years for just £1 if the plans are given the go-ahead at a meeting on Tuesday.-
Matthew Thompson, chairman of Durkar Devils FC said: “We all have our fingers crossed, hoping that the lease is approved.
“We were allocated £50,000 from Sport England in November but we can’t access it unless the lease is approved and signed.
“ It would enable us to upgrade our facilities, so it’s a massive step in moving the club forward.
“It would also be a huge plus point for the community, as we would be able to have full control of the club’s usage so could offer it out to other people and host community events.”
Leases for The Well Project in Normanton, Knottingley Albion JFC, Pontefract Sports and Social Club, Upton United JFC and Upton Village Fishing Club will also be considered.
If approved, the organisations would take full responsibility for their own management, maintenance and insurance. The lease would also give them access to funds and grants for the development and improvement of their facilities.
The cabinet will be given three options, but it is recommended to approve the first, which would give the groups the 30-year lease for £1. It would also delegate the authority to grant future leases to the service manager for property and asset management, instead of needing cabinet approval.