Steve Jenkins has sent a letter to all of the websites, addressed to the fans of Walsall football club, regarding the sale of the freehold to Bescot Stadium and the Council buying that freehold.
The letter reads:
Firstly I’d like to thank you all for your continuing support with regard to the sale of the Banks’s Stadium and Land.
So far we have conducted ourselves impeccably in our quest to inform our Council about the sale. Our continuing determination has seen Councilor Tim Oliver leader of the Labor Group, Councilor Ian Shires Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group come out publicly in support of talks with Mr. Bonser and DTZ, the selling agents.
This is all we are trying to achieve, as only when Mr. Bonser and DTZ are finally invited for talks with the Council, can the Council comment, as only then would they be equipped with the full knowledge of what is on offer.
I’m pleased to say that several people who are not regular visitors to match days at the Banks’s Stadium have contacted a lot of my friends and family in Walsall, offering complete support. They do not understand why after five weeks of campaigning the Council have not yet agreed to a meeting. They find it as unbelievable as we do.
As you know contrary to what Councilor Bird has said, there is no cost to the tax payers of Walsall but instead an opportunity for the Council to invest in a maturing asset which also brings in an annual surplus from the rental income.
As I write I read with interest today Rotherham United have been loaned 5 million pounds from the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council towards building a new Stadium, the Football Club are working to raise the further 12.3 million needed to complete the job.
Councilor Roger Stone stated, “ The new community stadium is key to the regeneration of Rotherham Town Centre, we have always supported the club and wish to have Rotherham United back playing at home.’
This is what we have always believed, the Town’s Football Club is it’s flagship, more and more Councils are forming partnerships with their Football Clubs, Walsall Stadium should remain secure and owned by the Town of Walsall.
I believe we have handled ourselves with dignity over the past few weeks I therefore felt it right and proper that the Council be given the time to prepare a meeting with Mr. Bonser and DTZ, I must thank you for your patience in allowing this to happen.
However I can assure you that I am as determined as I was five weeks ago, as the level of support increases daily and the people of Walsall are now coming behind our campaign and believe the Council should buy the Stadium and keep the Football Club alive for the next 100 years.
Our task now is to keep a watching brief on how the Council reacts in the near future. The fight must go on until such times as the Council have met with the owner and selling agent, as only this will bring a conclusion to our campaign.
There is no doubt that the Supporters Club, Walsall Trust, Unity and the people of Walsall deserve to be heard and should be applauded for their effort.
Thank You All