Hatfield sports facilities row remains unresolved

PUBLISHED: 11:27 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 November 2015

Angerland Common, where the university was previously required to build sports facilities.

Angerland Common, where the university was previously required to build sports facilities.

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A proposed deal to fund a new home for Hatfield Town Football Club caused more controversy at a council meeting last week.

Officers’ recommendation to accept £1.4million from the University of Hertfordshire in lieu of providing new sports facilities on land it owns was accepted in principle.

However, councillors insisted on getting more details to ensure the total amount was representative of what the agreed facilities would cost to replace now.

The university offered the money as an alternative to providing a pitch and changing rooms as part of a planning obligation attached to its development of a park and ride at Angerland Common in 2006.

However, councillors at the meeting were concerned that the money offered “did not account for inflation”, and insisted on asking the university for more details.

It was also decided an independent board would be established to oversee the allocation of the money.

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