NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST – FOI Act To Request NUFC Sell-Off Details

by • April 12, 2014 • NewsComments (8)915

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The Trust has responded to fan concerns by requesting details regarding Mike Ashley’s attempts to sell an NUFC owned lease on land next to St.James’ Park.

The land is opposite the Gallowgate end and Newcastle United have a long lease from Nexus, having purchased it under the Hall/Shepherd regime for potential ground expansion as part of a wider development.

The club had quietly put the lease up for sale hoping for a quick sale away from the glare of publicity.

Once though NUST brought the Ashley move into the public domain, Newcastle supporters have reacted with dismay at the fact that if the land is built on then it would make it almost impossible to ever expand the St.James’ Park capacity, no matter what the future holds.

It is believed that if the land is developed it would be used for either a hotel or student accommodation.

NUST Chairman, Norman Watson, has written to Newcastle City Council using the Freedom of Information Act as follows;

‘I would be grateful if you could provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act;

The name, address ,telephone number and contact details of all organisations who have contacted the Council and requested information / sought guidance from a planning perspective with regard to the St James Park site.

Please provide this information within the statutory 20 day period as prescribed under the FOI Act.’

We will report back once we have further details.

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8 Responses to NEWCASTLE UNITED SUPPORTERS TRUST – FOI Act To Request NUFC Sell-Off Details

  1. Archie Brand says:

    Wow you have such insight.

    “The club had quietly put the lease up for sale hoping for a quick sale away from the glare of publicity.”

    Your core statement, the foundation for your entire article, is based entirely on a biased opinion.

    How was it quiet?
    How do you know what they were hoping for?
    Why do you say they were after a quick sale?
    How was it away from the glare of publicity?

    If it was anyone else you would be sued and arrested for stalking

    Get a life boys.

    Freedom of Information Act?

    Drama Queen doesn’t come into it.

    • David Rutherford says:

      Archie/Wendy, could you please tell us why you think Ashley wants to sell the land then?

    • How was it quiet?

      Club has made no official statement as to why they want to sell the lease. They could have put it on their own website or explained at the Fans Forum (pfft). They have not informed NEXUS or the City Council about intentions for the lease. Nexus own the land and have allowed the lease. They have declined to comment when asked by several media sources about the rationale for the sale of the lease.

      How do you know what they were hoping for?

      Process of elimination.

      Why do you say they were after a quick sale?

      They are selling the lease without planning permission – unconditional. Gaining planning permission would have taken longer.

      How was it away from the glare of publicity?

      See 1.

  2. Ardfella says:

    Anything that will keep Ashley on his toes and being questioned for all of his actions will do in my book.
    We must keep the pressure on this greedy, nasty megalomaniac.

  3. mikey says:

    Great work lads.

    I think what might be a good idea is to write an open letter to the local papers stating an intention to object to any and all planning applications for this piece of land as it would be damaging to the future of a huge community asset of significant importance to the city. I think the council would have to take such objections seriously and this could put off any potential buyers.

    Keep up the good work.

    This bastard will be gone eventually, we’ll be here for ever. We’ve got to make sure he does;t destroy our future as well.

  4. mikey says:

    The Liverpool supporters Union also got Anfield listed as a ‘Asset of community value’ meaning that to offered some protections and potential to buy it if it was ever put for sale.

    Same could be done with st james holdings?

  5. Vin Crockwell says:

    Looks like Lee Charnley is going under an alias of `Archie Brand’. Next we will be told that the proceeds from the sale will be ploughed back into the club just like the Wonga sponsorship was going to put a Cabaye each season onto the pitch.

  6. John says:

    Lol, Archie’s comments have to be a wind up?or at the very least he has to be a Makem,The club is rotten to the core