More Good News As The Shots Secure A Very Big New Deal

It’s been a great few days for Aldershot Town - first their National League reprieve was confirmed and then they announced a huge financial boost.

Rushmoor Borough Council has agreed to grant the club a new 118-year lease to play at the EBB Stadium.

They will have to pay next to nothing to play there in a move geared towards helping the club with its redevelopment plans.

“The new lease will only start on the grant of planning permission, with a peppercorn rent of just £1 a year,” the Shots confirmed.

“The football club would still be fully liable for any repairs and maintenance costs. Until planning consent is secured, the £25,000-a-year rent will remain payable.”

Aldershot chairman Shahid Azeem told the club’s website: “It’s fantastic news. We’ve been working hard with the council the last six to seven years to make sure we had developments in place to make the football club sustainable.

“This is a great opportunity to build a sustainable stadium that will create revenue, create jobs and become a hub of the community.

“Our next stage is to speak with the council in terms of the highways around the stadium and planning department to see the possibilities available on the land to develop.

“We’re incredibly grateful to be given this opportunity as lots of hard work, demonstration and trust has gone into the project, this really is a game changer. The club has only ever had a maximum of a 25-year lease with the council in its 92 year history and this has shown what great faith the council has in the club.

“It’s now time to start planning and create a vision. We’d like to thank Rushmoor Borough Council and David Clifford along with the Chief Executive, Asset Management Team, the Cabinet and our stakeholders and supporters, too.”

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