New hope for homeless Hornets

8 years ago By Pitch Hero

HORSHAM chairman Kevin Borrett says the club will make an announcement on the plans for their new ground in the next four weeks.

The club has been in ‘high-level’ discussions with Horsham District Council and landowners in the Hop Oast area, to the south-west of the town, about developing a new home.

The new ground is by no means a done deal, but Mr Borrett remains confident of approval at the end of a lengthy consultation period.

He said: “The club is continuing discussions with the district council and other parties, including land owners at Hop Oast. These have been ongoing for some time and they are now reaching a conclusion.

“The club then aims to make a formal announcement about its future intentions in approximately a month’s time. We have been finding a suitable site which is suitable for all parties.”

The protracted discussions have meant that plans for a new ground at Hop Oast have left Horsham around 12 months behind schedule. An option to groundshare for an additional year beyond next season at Horsham YMCA’s Gorings Mead home was triggered last week, which means the earliest fans can expect to move into a new home will be 2012.

Mr Borrett commented: “There have been numerous false starts for the club in the last 30 years and it is important this ground search is a success, otherwise the danger is that Horsham could lose the football club.”


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