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Victory for Maidstone United over land needed for expansion

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Maidstone Borough Council has caved into pressure from fans of the Stones over a two-metre strip of land needed for expansion of the club.

Maidstone United wanted the freehold of the land to develop the Gallagher Stadium and increase its capacity as the club presses on for a place back in the Football League.

But MBC offered a lease at a peppercorn rent.

The impasse caused anger from Stones' fans and frustration at the club.

The land lies between between the Gallagher Stadium and a path leading to Whatman Park.

It is part of a plan to increase the ground capacity up to the 5,000 required to be accepted into the Football League.,

On Wednesday, the decision was overturned by the policy and resources committee, after three members called in the decision. Now the council will dispose of the land via a freehold.