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Cheshire West and Chester Council says it is committed to finding a positive solution to Vics' problems

Northwich Guardian: Thor Specialities (UK) Ltd purchased land on which Northwich Victoria's now former home is built in January of this year. Thor Specialities (UK) Ltd purchased land on which Northwich Victoria's now former home is built in January of this year.

COUNCILLORS say they are committed to helping secure a long-term future for football in Northwich.

Clr Stuart Parker told his colleagues on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) this week that the authority is playing an active part in the homeless club’s unfolding story.

“We have offered to provide what assistance we can in order to help the club and its supporters,” he said at Thursday’s council meeting in Winsford.

“The council is taking a pro-active approach to the continuation of football in Northwich and we have been working collaboratively with the club, the supporters trust, and the local community – through the town council – to find a positive way forward.”

Clr Parker, executive group member for regeneration and culture, was responding to a question from Clr Julia Tickridge, a ward member for Witton and Rudheath.

She asked the council what it is doing to assist the club, which was relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s top tier last week as punishment for breaking finance rules.

“There are clear differences in the circumstances surrounding this club and Chester, but no less importance is being attached to supporting the Vics ."

Clr Stuart Parker

The team, runners-up behind Chester in the competition’s Premier Division, was banned from taking part in the end of season promotion play-offs too.

As a result, the club is set to play next season at the lowest level in its near 140-years history.

Clr Parker said: “The problem originated when the club was unable to purchase its stadium from receivers and it was subsequently bought on the open market [in January 2012] by Thor Specialities (UK) Ltd in order to expand its business.

“Realising the difficulties faced by the Vics as a result of the new arrangement, my officers have met with Cheshire FA, the club, the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League and Sport England.

“The council is currently in discussion with Thor about the future of the stadium and the relevant planning issues with regards to the redevelopment of the site.

“We remain in dialogue with all of the parties involved, and further meetings have been arranged in a bid to arrive at a solution.”

He said that making comparisons with Chester, a club that has been promoted in successive seasons since it was formed two years ago following the demise of Chester City, were unhelpful.

“There are clear differences in the circumstances surrounding this club and Chester, but no less importance is being attached to supporting the Vics even though the solution may be different,” added Clr Parker.

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8:10pm Thu 3 May 12

wittonyank says...

Someone should explain to Mr. Parker that quality football will be played in Northwich whether or not Vics are saved.
Someone should explain to Mr. Parker that quality football will be played in Northwich whether or not Vics are saved. wittonyank
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11:52pm Thu 3 May 12

jamo says...

wittonyank wrote:
Someone should explain to Mr. Parker that quality football will be played in Northwich whether or not Vics are saved.
Where at lad? Barn owl?
[quote][p][bold]wittonyank[/bold] wrote: Someone should explain to Mr. Parker that quality football will be played in Northwich whether or not Vics are saved.[/p][/quote]Where at lad? Barn owl? jamo
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8:20am Fri 4 May 12

pdw says...

Why don't you post on the Witton bit of the site.
Quality football you have had 1 good season where you have done very well.
Leave us to sort our mess.
Why don't you post on the Witton bit of the site. Quality football you have had 1 good season where you have done very well. Leave us to sort our mess. pdw
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9:53am Fri 4 May 12

Metcalf says...

Can Councillors Tickridge and Parker please detail what help the gave Witton Albion in the late 90's when they were in trouble, and entered administration?
Can Councillors Tickridge and Parker please detail what help the gave Witton Albion in the late 90's when they were in trouble, and entered administration? Metcalf
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9:55am Fri 4 May 12

Jim Budden says...

JB
I agree with PDW, we are trying to sort out our own club without you making remarks. Before you start bragging lets see if you can cope with the higher degree of football and travel you are going to have next season as well as the wage rises you are inevitably going to get.
Come back this time next year and we will see
Jimbo
JB I agree with PDW, we are trying to sort out our own club without you making remarks. Before you start bragging lets see if you can cope with the higher degree of football and travel you are going to have next season as well as the wage rises you are inevitably going to get. Come back this time next year and we will see Jimbo Jim Budden
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4:29pm Fri 4 May 12

AsburyJuke says...

So Jim its fine for you to make comments on Witton stories but no Witton supporters are allowed to post on anything that mentions Vics? Seems a little unfair, but having witnessed first hand how Vics are run then I think playng fair is a long way down on the list of scrupples.

Whatever happens to Vics there WILL be a well run professional club playing in Northwich next year, like it or not it will be WITTON ALBION, and Jim, because the way the Club is run we will be here this time next year I can guarantee you that! - can you say the same?
So Jim its fine for you to make comments on Witton stories but no Witton supporters are allowed to post on anything that mentions Vics? Seems a little unfair, but having witnessed first hand how Vics are run then I think playng fair is a long way down on the list of scrupples. Whatever happens to Vics there WILL be a well run professional club playing in Northwich next year, like it or not it will be WITTON ALBION, and Jim, because the way the Club is run we will be here this time next year I can guarantee you that! - can you say the same? AsburyJuke
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9:06pm Fri 4 May 12

UsernameAlreadyInUse says...

Please don't be proactive in saving Vics, especially not if it involves spending my taxes. Their stadium - or lack of it - is not the issue. The issue is they don't pay their bills. They don't deserve a penny of support from the Council.

The situation with Chester FC was different - CWAC owned the Deva stadium, and had a simple business decision to make: either do nothing and have an empty white elephant of a stadium sitting there doing nothing; or get value from an asset by renting it out to a club.

There is no comparable council-owned asset in Northwich.

Sorry Vics, unlucky...
Please don't be proactive in saving Vics, especially not if it involves spending my taxes. Their stadium - or lack of it - is not the issue. The issue is they don't pay their bills. They don't deserve a penny of support from the Council. The situation with Chester FC was different - CWAC owned the Deva stadium, and had a simple business decision to make: either do nothing and have an empty white elephant of a stadium sitting there doing nothing; or get value from an asset by renting it out to a club. There is no comparable council-owned asset in Northwich. Sorry Vics, unlucky... UsernameAlreadyInUse
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