Councillor seeks support for Poppies in bid to find a site

Kettering Town are set to play at Latimer Park for at least one more season but could receive backing from the council in a bid to find a site for a permanent home
Kettering Town are set to play at Latimer Park for at least one more season but could receive backing from the council in a bid to find a site for a permanent home
2
Have your say

A newly-elected councillor is ready to “lead the charge” in a bid to help Kettering Town find a site for a permanent home.

Cllr Michael Brown, who was elected in the Brambleside ward of the town two weeks ago, is keen for Kettering Borough Council to get behind the Poppies and help them find a site for a new stadium back in their home town.

In a joint statement this week, Kettering chairman Ritchie Jeune and his opposite number at Burton Park Wanderers, Stewart Glendenning, confirmed a new short-term deal had been agreed for the clubs to remain at Latimer Park.

The arrangement means both clubs will be able to play in Burton Latimer next season while negotiations over a longer-term solution will continue.

Nonetheless, Cllr Brown is now preparing to propose a motion at the second meeting of the full council next month in a bid to ensure the Poppies get some assistance in trying to find a new home.

Cllr Brown, a big follower of the club, revealed he will be lobbying his fellow councillors in a bid to gain support for his proposal in the coming weeks.

He said: “I am going to lead the charge and open the debate up.

“We need to press forward, this is the first step on a very long ladder but at least it’s a step up and it gets the process moving forward.

“It’s important we put the past behind us. We have one of the oldest clubs in the country, with a rich history and they should be playing in their town.

“They have sorted their finances out, which is a very important factor and they have a forward thinking and progressive management team.

“Ritchie and I have been working quietly in the background.

“He wasn’t chairman during the tough financial times the club had and I wasn’t a councillor so it is a relationship that has developed from when he took over there.

“I am going to seek support from other political parties so that everyone is working together.

“We need to have an open and honest debate about what the council can do to help and get it locked down as a policy.

“There will be no free giveaways of public land nor money and the club have always fully respected this.

“Hopefully, they will soon have the backing of 35 other councillors who want to see the club back in the town.”

Cllr Brown last week launched Facebook and Twitter accounts, named Find KTFC a Site and @FindKTFCaSite respectively, as he builds support ahead of next month.

And Jeune admitted the backing is very much appreciated by the club.

“We have been working with Michael and, to be fair, a number of other councillors over the past year,” the Kettering chairman said.

“I think the feasibility studies ideas Michael has come up with will help us.

“It means the council would be able to tell us if there is anywhere suitable and how things could work if there is.

“All we want to do is work together to try to find a solution so if there is support for us, it would be very grateful for it.”