United say court hear­ing a for­mal­ity

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Ash­ford United say the wind­ing up or­der hang­ing over the South­ern Coun­ties East League club at the High Court later this month will be a for­mal­ity.

The case, due to be heard on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 29, had been brought by Kent At­trac­tions, in­volv­ing a fig­ure of £110,000 but United’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Denise Peach con­firmed last Thurs­day that the debt had been set­tled.

She said: “The hear­ing will be a for­mal­ity af­ter we have handed over the pa­per­work in­volved.”

Mrs Peach re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter of an­other out­stand­ing debt of £106,000 owed to solic­i­tors Mills & Reeve.

Both sums re­late to when Don Cros­bie re­gained own­er­ship of the club from his for­mer busi­ness part­ner Tony Bet­teridge in a lon­grun­ning court case.

Mean­while, Mrs Peach also said the club would be tak­ing up the buy­back op­tion on Home­lands as soon as they were in a po­si­tion to do so.

The ground was trans­ferred to V Bar Lim­ited last Novem­ber when man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Glyn Jones took pos­ses­sion of the ground, claim­ing they were owed £260,000, money loaned to United to help them ob­tain their 3G pitch.

The buy-back op­tion was given to United to re-pur­chase the prop­erty within nine months for £250,000, plus pro-rata hold­ing costs capped at £36,000 per an­num.

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