: 3a/4 - the matter of rent, cost sharing or whatever, might be a point at which negotiations have stopped, slowed down, been abandoned is also another possibility.
: I have heard/read/dreamed/imagined/made up/Mozzered somewhere that SMBC want to centralise "sporty" type things, such as swimming baths, on one central point within the Borough and thus close down all similar smaller facilities on one central site and that EP and the surrounding area could be the favoured location.
If that's the case, then maybe another factor contributing to the seeming delay over where we play next term could be negotiations with SMBC, SCFC and others about redeveloping the whole area.
Such a scheme would, I guess, require both SCFC and SS to relocate for a season whilst such a major build were carried out, but it would make sense all round in my view. Less costs for SMBC, new facilities for SCFC and SS, a central location easily reached by road, rail and bus - and by air with direct buses from Ringway to The Royal Oak, etc. etc.
There is plenty of land round there (not of prime building quality, I admit, but not beyond the wit of man to resolve) and the perennial matter of the sitting blockages (The Maternity Ward, etc) could if absolutely necessary be overcome by compulsory purchase.
I have noticed that Dimes' views on Barton appear to have cooled a tad recently, based on the few scraps I have read or heard, so that makes an imminent move less likely. if I'm wrong and have misinterpreted things then I apologise in advance and am happy to be corrected.
I can see why no price announcement has yet been made, and it isn't anything to do with Barton (although that would affect the fixed and variable cost base). WE aren't sure whether there will be a resurgence over the next few games, resulting in Honours and HC fixtures next term, or whether we shall continue to badly misfire for the rest of this term and plummet like a stone down the table. WE also have a new finance man and, if I were him, I'd be looking at zero based budgeting this time round and that takes time.
The lack of any PR, even if only to say something along the lines of "we never comment on rumour or contract negotiations) would be better then the seeming information desert we are in right now.
Swanny's continuing absence from this board (apart from the odd response) seems to me to be backfiring. I can understand why he got hacked off with the personal attacks and they were wholly unacceptable, but the ones who should have left (by force if necessary) should have been them and not Swanny.
Disagreements with each other are one thing, and make up the fun of any discussion, but descent into personalities is quite another.
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