Petition to save the Julie Rose stadium
A PETITION to save the Julie Rose Stadium has been received by the chairman of the Julie Rose Stadium Trust.
Cllr Peter Davison (Ash Ind) plans to deliver the 700-name petition to April’s meeting of Ashford Borough Council.
In addition, 911 people have joined a group called Save the Julie Rose Stadium on social networking website Facebook.
Stadium staff were put at risk of redundancy and the opening hours threatened when Ashford council said it could not give the trust the necessary funding for running the stadium in the coming financial year.
Talks are continuing and Cllr Davison is hopeful opening hours and activities will not be cut.
He said: “If the borough council confirms its latest offer of funding and we can overcome some obstacles, the stadium will continue with the same services and hours.
“The cuts will be made in running costs; having fewer staff will not be ideal.”
Two jobs have been lost in the stadium gym in the past month.
Cllr Davison hopes an agreement will be finalised in the next week, ending the uncertainty.
A deal should be done by the time the council receives the petition but Cllr Davison is hopeful that it will demonstrate the public support for the stadium and could help the trust’s case for council funding in the future.
The council declined to comment.