MANY Town fans will remember the early Christmas present delivered by Dean Hoyle when the club announced that a deal had been struck to transfer the stadium shares back to the football club as per the original agreement.
Prior to that, the Supporters Association had been pressing Kirklees Council to release pertinent information under the Freedom of Information Act and, last December, HTSA renewed its call for the council to end its procrastination.
Now, more than three months later, Kirklees Legal Services has finally ruled that a Memorandum of Understanding between the council and former club owner Ken Davy from 2003, and a letter from Mr Davy to the council dated August 20 that year, cannot be disclosed on the grounds of commercial interest.
This might well be regarded as ‘water under the bridge’ – except that the council’s acceptance of the share transfer is still awaited.
As we have already noted, this refusal comes more than three months after the club’s announcement and Town fans are still not able to rest easy, still not safe in the knowledge that the stadium shares are back where they belong, enabling the club to plan a more viable future.
Of course, HTSA will continue to pursue this issue until we can, indeed, envisage a more assured future for the club we all support.
Will the near future see us in the Championship next season?
With Town now back in a top-six spot, let’s all get behind the team to cheer on a successful sequence to the end of the season.
Our next opportunity to do that is the visit to Brentford this Saturday and there will be usual HTSA coach to get you there.
Departure time has been brought forward to 8.30am. Late bookers should ring Michael on 07926 165863 (between 9am and 6pm) to reserve a seat, priced at £20 or £18 (Juniors) for HTSA members.