Canterbury City new stadium: It’s over to the planning committee to make a decision on Tuesday – a legacy which will last 100 years

Sunday 03rd February 2019

CANTERBURY CITY director Keith Vaughan has urged Canterbury City Council to give the nomadic club the go-ahead on Tuesday to build a new stadium at Highland Court.

A make-or-break council planning commitee meeting takes place at The Guildhall, St Peter’s Place in Canterbury on Tuesday evening (18:30), with chairman Tim Clark warning that there is no Plan B and the club will go out of business if the Council turn down their application to build a community hub for the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division club.

On-the-pitch, Ben Smith’s side beat Leicester Nirvana 2-1 to reach The Buildbase FA Vase Quarter-Finals, a game that was watched by 334 fans at Salters Lane in Faversham yesterday.

October 30 1999 marked the last time Canterbury City played at their former Kingsmead Stadium home, the ground they had called home for 40 years.

Player-manager Lee Bosson gave Canterbury City the lead, but Hythe’s Steve Hobbs equalised 90 seconds from the end to be the final scorer at the stadium.

“It was a magnificent day yesterday, now all our efforts must turn to Tuesday, Mr Vaughan posted on his Twitter account.

“Not only for the first team to represent the City with pride but for all the teams whether it be the children playing each week with a smile on their faces or the disability team who without football would have a big void in their lives.

“The girls who at present are top of their league and are an inspiration for the next generation, who are just starting their journey. The ladies, who are not only playing football but have forged some great friendships through football.

“All the work the club has done with Porch Light with the homeless in our City, much more can be achieved with this project.

“The walking football team, which was started five years ago by Tony Newington and if you read the papers this week you will see the government are recommending to doctors that they prescribe exercise instead of tablets.

“We are five years ahead of them but we can do so much more if given the chance. It’s over to the planning committee to make a decision on Tuesday – a legacy which will last 100 years.

“Come on Canterbury City Council, make the bold decision!”

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