Essington RUFC

Rugby Club Grounds lease
The lease is signed......

Essington Rugby Club lease signed on Wednesday 20th Feb '08!!!

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Security for Essington RUFC.

Essington RUFC secured their future with the signing of a 50 year lease on their High Hill Centre Club house.

Working closely with the local Parish and County Council over the past 3 years negotiations and legal's are now complete.

The club will have a secure tenure lease and will be able to move forward with the aid of grantsand assistance from the RFU.

Mike Chandler Club Secretary said "This allows the club to move forward and concentrate on improving facilities and increasing player numbers from a firm base"

Ian Blake Club Treasurer said " We can use our facilities to fully integrate into the local community and be a centre for Village life"

We're in the Express and Star !

The local Express and Star did an artice of the signing of the lease in April 2008:

The local Express and Star picked up the story and run this article on Saturday 15th March 2008:

The Text in the article was as follows:
Members are all set to sign 50-year commitment to village site.
Deal will give Rugby Club new lease of life.

A lease for securing the future of a rugby club in Staffordshire village for the next 50 years may be signed in weeks. Essington Rugby Club is poised to sign a lease for the club house and grounds in the village, after three years of negotiations.

Final details are being ironed out but parish chiefs said the new lease, which will safeguard the club's future at the village's High Hill club, was due to be signed before the end of the month. Essington Rugby Club was formed in 1998 with the merger of three local rugby clubs and has since tried to establish itself in the village, running two senior teams and a junior ladies team.

Mike Chandler, club secretary, said: "The club is a centre for the community, not only providing a home for rugby, but with the club house also being used by a local dog club, karate club and also for events such as birthdays and engagements.

"The signing of the lease has take years of work, but means that the club can secure its future at the site and can now make solid plans to upgrade the grounds, club house and facilities.

He said it would also mean the club could also apply for support from the Rugby Football Union.

Councillor David Clifft, chairman of Essington Parish Council, said parish chiefs were still ironong out a few issues with the lease.

"At recent meeting of Essington Parish Council's management committee meeting, councillors were still unhappy with the draft lease document," he said.

"They voted to give me delegated powers to sign-off the lease once amendments have been agreed by both sets of lawyers,

"These amendments include having no telecommunication masts erected at the site and the appointment of a liaison group. We now hope to sign-off the lease by the end of March."

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