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A year ago today...York MP slams Persimmon

York MP joins chorus of concern to help protect future of football in the city

Article from the Trust's News Archives from 6 Nov 2002...

City of York MP Hugh Bayley has joined forces with York City fans to oppose plans by Persimmon Homes to redevelop Bootham Crescent.

Following a meeting at his surgery on Saturday 2nd November 2002 with representatives from York City Supporters' Trust and the Supporters' Club, Mr. Bayley has written to City of York Council to express his concern that no permission to build houses at Bootham Crescent should be granted before an alternative stadium for York City Football Club has been agreed.

If permission to build the houses were to be granted before City has an alternative facility, they could end up with nowhere to play their home matches and this could lead rapidly to the
club's demise.

Mr. Bayley has written to City of York Council to express his view about this.

Hugh Bayley MP says:

"I know that Douglas Craig wants the best price possible for the Bootham Crescent ground, but he must be patient. It would be a scandal if a former York City Chairman forced the club out of Bootham Crescent before they have somewhere to go to. The development of Bootham Crescent must move in tandem with the development of a new stadium for the club.

"I am urging members of the club, York City Council, Bootham Crescent Holdings and Persimmon Homes to work with the Supporters' Trust and the Supporters' Club to put together a strategy for providing a new home for York City that will work in the interests of all parties. What is most important is to safeguard the future of York's professional football club."

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