Binfield FC wait on covered seating planning permissionBy Adam Lee
January 15, 2009
Binfield FC are seeking planning permission from Bracknell Forest Borough Council to get the go-ahead to install 125 covered seats at their Hill Farm Lane ground.
The club are on the verge of promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division, and would need covered seating to play in the division.
Should the build go ahead, they will also be entered into next year’s Eon sponsored FA Cup.
The news is a timely boost for the Moles, who have progressed into true title contenders under the stewardship of Steve McClurg this season.
The club is currently 18 months into a 25-year lease for their ground, and after having nearly all the prospective seats reserved already, chairman Rob Jones insists these are exciting times for the club.
Seats are being offered to club members as lifelong debenture seats – labelled with their names – for £150.
Supporters will still have to pay to get into the ground for games, but will have a seat already reserved.
By selling the seats in this way, the club has effectively already paid for the stand.
Now all that stands in their way is the planning permission, which Jones would hope to have by the end of April.
“A covered seating area is what we need to get up to the next level,” said the Moles’ chairman.
“We’re also definitely going into the FA Cup next season so we need covered seating for that as well.
“We discussed it at a committee meeting last week and then announced it on the website just to see if we could get a response and it’s been fantastic so far.
“I wish we’d thought of it sooner.
“I’ve already got the majority of the costs covered in the space of two days.
“I put the notice up on the website on Saturday morning and by the end of Sunday we had 75 seats sold.
“We’re not quite at 100 yet, but it seems every time I go to check my emails there’s another person showing an interest.
“I’m absolutely gobsmacked by the response but, knowing what the supporters here are like, I’m sure it’s a way for them to get hold of a small piece of their club.
“It’s very pleasing, but we still have to get planning permission from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, so hopefully it should be in place for next season.”
Jones admits that the success of the team so far this season has been a big selling point, and has tipped them to go on and claim promotion.
“There’s certainly been a greater interest because the team is doing so well,” he said.
“I think it will be between ourselves, Wokingham & Emmbrook and South Kilburn.
“To me they look the strongest of the clubs at the top.”