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An on-line article from yesterday which doesn't really tell us anything different other than the petition to save Broadwater now has over 4000 signatures, lets just hope common sense will prevail in the end and the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA) come to their senses: 

FUTURE IN DOUBT? Berkhamsted FC continue battle to save Broadwater | My Local News (mynewsmag.co.uk)

Berkhamsted FC’s battle to save their football ground has continued with almost 4,000 supporters signing a petition to persuade the owners to stay at Broadwater, which is located on Lower Kings Road near the town centre

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I'm surprised ArsenalFan hasn't been on to update us on the current position at Broadwater as he seems to know more than most, it seems to have gone quiet of late after all the activity just before Christmas and the elaborate webinar that BerkoRaiders said he sat through, hosted by the unscrupulous Sussex based developers Thakeham and the independent Chair of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA), Paul Forster. 'Independent' is certainly the operative word isn't it as Mr Forster is clearly all for the project going ahead with no thought whatsoever for the the people of Berkhamsted or a much loved Football Club who has played at Broadwater for over one hundred years.

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A nice messege and update from Berkhamsted FC Chairman Steve Davis:

Chairman’s Update – 8 Feb 2021 (pitchero.com)

In the continued absence of football, Berko FC chairman Steve Davis looks forward to restarting and provides a positive update on events at the club

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This is really interesting stuff, a great insight into Broadwater going back historically and the thinking about the future of the Sports Ground and how it should always be used, namely for sport. Paul Forster, the 'independent' Chair of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA) should take some time out of his day to read it:   

Comrades Confirm Historic Details Of Creation Of Broadwater Sports Ground (pitchero.com)

Comrades Confirm Historic Details Of Creation Of Broadwater Sports Ground

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On 14/01/2021 at 15:27, Rhodes said:

It is still possible to comment, until Sunday 28 February, on the Dacorum Borough Council Local Plan 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' 2020 - 2038 and here is the Consultation document. I see that the Chiltern Society have, unsurprisingly, grave concerns about the Plan and are hell bent against it, they currently have an open on-line meeting taking place which it is still possible to join (see third link):  

New Dacorum Local Plan (to 2038)

Draft Local Plan Update | Living Magazines (livingmags.info)

Home - Chiltern Society

It is just over a week now until the deadline for comments on the Dacorum Borough Council Local Plan 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' 2020 - 2038 and the Consultation document. There's an interesting response here from Berkhamsted Town Council Planning Committee as well as all the Town and Parish Councils within Dacorum who have asked jointly for the Plan to be withdrawn suggesting that it is not fit for purpose which it clearly isn't:

draft-local-plan-btc-response-vfinal.pdf (berkhamstedtowncouncil.gov.uk)

tp-1821-draft-letter-to-dbc.pdf (berkhamstedtowncouncil.gov.uk)

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A very interesting update on the Broadwater situation from Club Director and historian Grant Hastie, hopefully Paul Forster, the 'independent' Chair of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA) will read it:

The Comrades - Reasons Why We Should Remain At Broadwater (pitchero.com)

In this article, following the one issued on 13 February, Grant questions whether the landlords have the legal or moral authority to sell the ground and highlights some potential obstacles to the proposed move.

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I gather local residents received a card in the post recently from the unscrupulous Sussex based developers Thakenham, what a cheek:

Did you receive a card from Thakeham about their proposals for the Bulbourne Cross Development?

They seem determined to get these included in the new local plan. If adopted, we would be one step closer to the loss of virtually all Green Belt to the west of us.

After talking with representatives of Thakeham, we are even more convinced that this would not be good for our community.  We need you to voice your opinion.

Turn out the flyer that was delivered to you and get on with opposing!

BEVA Planning Group

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Ollie United have announced a groundshare at Broadwater, the local Charity Club was set up in 2019 to help raise funds for Ollie Sweeney’s fight against Stage Four Neuroblastoma, a rare child cancer that attacks the young nerve cells which Ollie was sadly diagnosed with in early January 2019. Ollie was four years old yesterday (23 February) which coincided with the announcement of the groundshare, various events have already taken place at Broadwater and this is a wonderful gesture by the Club and Chairman Steve Davis to give Ollie United the opportunity to play their matches on the hallowed turf once normality is resumed:   

Ollie’s Appeal | Solving Kids' Cancer

Comrades Plan To Help Ollie Via Family Fun Day (pitchero.com)

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On 14/01/2021 at 18:26, Rhodes said:

It is still possible to comment, until Sunday 28 February, on the Dacorum Borough Council Local Plan 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' 2020 - 2038 and here is the Consultation document

New Dacorum Local Plan (to 2038)

I see that Berkhamsted FC have commented on the 'not fit for purpose' Dacorum Borough Council Local Plan 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' 2020 - 2038, ahead of the deadline today:

Berkhamsted FC News Update – 28 February 2021 (pitchero.com)

We have made a submission on Dacorum’s draft local plan for housing, including comments from many supporters that signed our petition to stay at Broadwater. We do not wish to be kicked out of town to Bourne End.

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On 28/02/2021 at 20:33, Rhodes said:

I see that Berkhamsted FC have commented on the 'not fit for purpose' Dacorum Borough Council Local Plan 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' 2020 - 2038, ahead of the deadline today:

Here are some of the other submissions received by Dacorum Borough Council to their 'not fit for purpose' Local Plan 'Emerging Strategy for Growth' 2020 - 2038:
https://www.berkhamstedraiders.com/raiders-response-to-dacorum-local-plan/

210218-Dacorum-Local-Plan-Chiltern-Society-Response.pdf

North Church Parish Council

Steve Draft Local Plan 2020-2038 Reg 18 V2 (littlegaddesdenpc.org.uk)

Joint-letter-to-DBC-v1.0.pdf (littlegaddesdenpc.org.uk)

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It has all gone quiet on the Western Front hasn't it where the gullible and naive Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA) and the unscrupulous Sussex based developers Thakeham are concerned, can we read anything into that: 

Berkhamsted Sports Grounds Charitable Association: Supporting sport in Berkhamsted (bsgca.org)

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Some actual football news to report from Broadwater for a change, sadly Berkhamsted Comrades joint bosses Steven Hutchins and Kevin Godbold have resigned with immediate effect:

Berkhamsted FC has accepted the resignations of reserve team manager Steven Hutchins and his assistant Kevin Godbold

The club would like to thank Steven and Kevin for their excellent work with Berkhamsted Comrades FC, with the team having had a successful 2020/21 campaign in the Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 until lockdown ended the season.

Everyone at Berkhamsted FC wishes Steven and Kevin good luck in their future football careers.

Tommy Muckell will remain in his assistant manager position, and the position of manager of Berkhamsted Comrades FC will be the subject of a future announcement.

Management Changes For The Reserves (pitchero.com)

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On 11/03/2021 at 17:34, Rhodes said:

It has all gone quiet on the Western Front hasn't it where the gullible and naive Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA) and the unscrupulous Sussex based developers Thakeham are concerned, can we read anything into that: 

Berkhamsted Sports Grounds Charitable Association: Supporting sport in Berkhamsted (bsgca.org)

I see that former Tring Athletic Chairman, and current Chairman of the Dacorum Sports Network, Howard Wells is part of this video produced by the unscrupulous Sussex based developers Thakeham. It is very disappointing that Mr Wells is involved in pulling the rug from under Berkhamsted FC and their Chairman Steve Davis as I would have imagined they are friends who go back a long way, both went to Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted albeit not at the same time:

Bulbourne Cross

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I see that at the Berkhamsted Town Council Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 18 March a member of the public attending virtually brought up the subject of Broadwater during a brief Open Forum at the end of the meeting:

Broadwater was bought for public use, so that football could be played on the site indefinitely. It should not be developed on.

Requested write formally to Town Clerk for lobby of site as asset of community value.

BERKHAMSTED TOWN COUNCIL

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On 05/04/2021 at 17:47, Rhodes said:

I see that at the Berkhamsted Town Council Annual Town Meeting on Thursday 18 March a member of the public attending virtually brought up the subject of Broadwater during a brief Open Forum at the end of the meeting:

Broadwater was bought for public use, so that football could be played on the site indefinitely. It should not be developed on.

Requested write formally to Town Clerk for lobby of site as asset of community value.

BERKHAMSTED TOWN COUNCIL

Interesting.....very interesting as Barry Davies used to say of a good F.Lee goal!

Local politicians listening to residents-might catch on. Could be worrying for Thakeham, Berkhamsted Raiders and the Broadwater landowners. A 3,700 strong petition contains a lot of electors for a small town. Keep Broadwater for Southern League football.

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Interesting.....very interesting as Barry Davies used to say of a good F.Lee goal!

Arsenal Fan - You've stolen my favourite line, I still remember the game like it was yesterday, at Maine Road on 28 December 1974. Strangely you could have added the bit where Barry Davies says 'look at his face, just look at his face' because BerkoRaiders must be a worried man with, as you say, local Politicians listening to residents for a change and a 3,700 name petition containing a lot of electors for a small town.

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'What a picture, what a photograph' as Tommy Steele sang, an aerial view of Broadwater from 1966, I wonder what the 'independent' Chair of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA), Paul Forster, thinks about it:

Historic Broadwater – A Flashback To 1966 (pitchero.com)

Historic Broadwater – A Flashback To 1966

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On 12/03/2021 at 21:27, Rhodes said:

the position of manager of Berkhamsted Comrades FC will be the subject of a future announcement.

A new Manager of Berkhamsted Comrades, Paul Toms, has been appointed, just over a month since Steven Hutchins and Kevin Godbold resigned:

New Appointment At Broadwater (pitchero.com)

New Appointment At Broadwater

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An interesting update from Broadwater, on the field of play this time rather than off it:

BERKHAMSTED FC WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP (pitchero.com)

There is still a chance that our Spartan South Midlands division 2 side could move up a division to step 6 as part of this summer’s re-organisation. However, there are only 30 spaces going in the whole country and there have been many more applicants than that.

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A recent and interesting update on the Broadwater situation, the plot seems to be thickening and the pendulum starting to swing the way of Berkhamsted FC by the looks of things:

SAVE BROADWATER - UPDATE TO 29 APRIL 2021 (pitchero.com)

The board of Berkhamsted FC would like to keep the 3,700 people who signed our petition, and other supporters in the town, informed of developments.

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I see that at a Berkhamsted Town Council meeting yesterday evening (4 May) there was an item on the Agenda for the Town Council to consider and support an application to register Broadwater as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). It was unanimously nodded through which very much strengthens Berkhasmsted FC's case to remain at their spiritual home:

https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/berkhamstedfootballclub/news/berkhamsted-town-council-confirm-support-for-broadwater-acv-2614297.html?fbclid=IwAR2maAu_97Fxz-9qScBQ2Ya5_FNpqIl0eSxK680bHQBbxch5pWqPDGIAq1Y

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On 05/05/2021 at 15:27, Rhodes said:

I see that at a Berkhamsted Town Council meeting yesterday evening (4 May) there was an item on the Agenda for the Town Council to consider and support an application to register Broadwater as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). It was unanimously nodded through which very much strengthens Berkhasmsted FC's case to remain at their spiritual home:

https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/berkhamstedfootballclub/news/berkhamsted-town-council-confirm-support-for-broadwater-acv-2614297.html?fbclid=IwAR2maAu_97Fxz-9qScBQ2Ya5_FNpqIl0eSxK680bHQBbxch5pWqPDGIAq1Y

Says something about the people that own the Broadwater ground that they cannot see the obvious. They are meant to be appointed as trustees to keep it for sport permanently, as is obvious from the 1920's public appeal that funded buying it. The 3,700 petitioners and elected council all know it, as do the present residents of the town. Sounds like the Raiders chairman Keith (Pollard) is manipulating the self elected old boys on the landlords' board (Orville on another thread).

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On 05/05/2021 at 16:27, Rhodes said:

I see that at a Berkhamsted Town Council meeting yesterday evening (4 May) there was an item on the Agenda for the Town Council to consider and support an application to register Broadwater as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). It was unanimously nodded through which very much strengthens Berkhasmsted FC's case to remain at their spiritual home

Arsenal Fan - Yes, indeed, here is an extract from the Minutes of that Berkhamsted Town Council meeting on Tuesday 4 May:

FC 68/21 Broadwater Football Ground: Asset of community value nomination Standing Orders were suspended to enable members of the public to speak. A resident representing the Broadwater Football Ground spoke to the Town Council about its intended application to Dacorum Borough Council to register the Ground as an Asset of Community Value and to request the Town Council’s support. A member of the Berkhamsted Citizens Association also spoke to support the application Standing Orders were reinstated. The Town Council agreed to support the application and requested the final version be considered at a future meeting of Full Council.

Minutes, Annual Meeting of the Council 04 05 2021 

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Roll on Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show tomorrow afternoon as it will feature Steve Davis talking about all things Berkhamsted FC including the proposed move away from Broadwater, I wonder whether the likes of 'independent' Chair of the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA), Paul Forster, Chairman of the Dacorum Sports Network, Howard Wells, and Berkhamsted Raiders Chairman Keith Pollard will be listening:

Berko FC chairman, Steve Davis, To Do Radio Interview On Sunday (pitchero.com)

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So who heard Berkhamsted FC Chairman Steve Davis on Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Radio Non League Show on Sunday afternoon, Mr Davis comes across as the salt of the earth doesn't he and that's what's so 'criminal' in the dispicable way the Berkhamsted Sports Ground Charitable Association Limited (BSGCA) are trying to pull the rug from under his beloved Club for their own 'ill-gotten gains' and not for the benefit of Berkhamsted as they claim. It was a little disappointing that Ollie said from the outset that he didn't want to delve too deeply into the Broadwater situation but we know he doesn't like to court controversy and he will never be a Jeremy Paxman or Piers Morgan in his approach or a Robbie Savage or Chris Sutton for that matter, and thank God for that. It appears that little or nothing is going to happen until October time when Dacorum Borough Council will publish their new Local Plan which will set out potential planning sites for the decade ahead, hopefully not including Broadwater.

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