Scarborough Borough Council have released the following statement regarding the Weaponess Sports Village.
It can be found at the following link: http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=17304
Also below is an interview given by Chairman Dave Holland that is in today's edition of the Scarborough News, it is not yet online so it has been re-produced here with the kind permission of the Scarborough News.
Athletic back Weaponness
Scarborough Athletic chairman has pledged to back Scarborough Borough Council 100 per cent in the authority's quest to supply the Weaponness Sports Village.
Boro currently ply their trade 22 miles down the Yorkshire coast in Bridlington, though they hope to switch to Scarborough once the new project is erected.
Holland said: "Our vision for Scarborough Athletic is to return home into facilities that benefit the wider sporting community; and that are good enough to allow us to continue growing and to remain financially viable."
"For those people who think we should turn our backs on the council and chase a rather more nebulous 'Plan B'. I'd ask how could we realistically achieve our vision if we were to go it alone?
"We'd end up competing with the council for funds rather than working with them, and we'd end up having to compromise on so much of what we hold dear as a successful community club."
"As scheduled project deadlines loom large, I know a few people are feeling the pressure and beginning to criticise the council for its handling of the development.
"It seems to me that they're being criticised here for making sure that Weaponness will balance best value and do the job it's meant to do. I'm personally reassured by such scrutiny"
"Our first team is on the cusp of promotion, and we've a fantastic reserve side and several junior and youth teams competing at several age levels. They’re all as eager to play in front of a truly home crowd as we are to watch them in a place which will quickly become our new spiritual home."
"Be assured that we've brought together some very capable people to work with the club once the development gets the green light. All indications remain positive, and we ask all of our fans to remain patient."