The Board of the Sky Blue Trust will shortly be meeting to discuss the recent responses to the Freedom of Information ( FOI) requests it has made to local authorities with regard to plans for a new stadium being built by Coventry City FC and also our request from the club as to what its proposed strategy is to move the club forward.
Although we never actually received a reply to this particular request we are assuming that the club's 5 point plan recently published upon its website was intended as a response.
The board will take time to consider this information before deciding upon its next steps.
The Board would add that it is fully aware that feelings amongst supporters are running high at the moment and that a new group has recently been formed with a view to staging a protest during the forthcoming match versus Swindon Town.
The Board regrets that the state of the relationship between the club, the owner and the supporters has become so strained that it has led to this action but wishes to confirm that it is not involved in this protest and does not know the identity of those that are.
We fully understand the frustrations of supporters, including many members of the Trust, that will be given expression in the protest. So long as any such action is law abiding, we respect the right of any supporter to choose whether to join the protest or not and as with Sixfields attendance calls upon CCFC Directors and Staff together with fellow supporters to show similar respect.
NO DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN CCFC AND ANY AUTHORITIES
The Sky Blue Trust has an ongoing policy of contacting all surrounding local authorities and Police Forces to identify if contact has been made with Coventry City FC.
Our latest series of FOI (Freedom of Information) requests were made on 19th November 2014.
These were sent to the following local authorities and Police forces:
Stratford, North Warwickshire, Hinckley and Bosworth, Daventry, Rugby, Solihull, Coventry, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwick, Warwickshire CC
Northants Police WM Police, Warwickshire Police, Leicestershire Police
The requests asked whether any discussions, meetings or correspondence had taken place between the Councils/Police forces and Coventry City Football Club, its owners, agents or anyone acting on their behalf relating to the development of a football stadium and/or any facilities relating to the business of a Football Club.
All of the Councils have now replied to say that no such discussions, meetings or correspondence have taken place.
Also, for the first time, a similar request was sent to the Highways Agency - the Government body responsible for managing the network of motorways and other principal roads. As a similar request had not previously been sent to the Agency, it covered the period from 1 January 2012 to date.
The Agency have responded to say they have not taken part in any such discussions, meetings or correspondence and are not aware of any discussions with any authority regarding this matter.
It is common practice for prospective developers to hold “pre-planning” talks with local planning and highways authorities when preparing development proposals and assembling sites for development.
AND A SKY BLUE NEW YEAR!