RUFC - Millers need another £2.3m
Rotherham Borough Council might have come up trumps with a five million pound loan to help the Millers move back into a new stadium in the town but the club is reported at still being £2.3 million short of the £17.3 million needed to build the ground.
And, although all Millers fans were rejoicing at the loan from RMBC, and Council Leader, Roger Stone saying that the council have 'always supported the club and want them back playing in Rotherham` there are some who aren`t too happy about it all.
Enter Councillor John Guilding who is less than happy about the loan, not only to the Millers, but also the fact that the Council have said they will take over the lease of Millmoor to enable Rotherham Rugby Union side, The Titans, to play there. 'I find it staggering,` Councillor Guilding told Naumaan Farooq of The Advertiser, 'that we find ourselves in the position where we seem to think we can drum up five million pounds.
'The club are getting gates of something like three and a half thousand but there are 250,000 people that live in Rotherham. And, yes, we all want them to have a prosperous football club but five million pounds is a lot of money. I certainly don`t think we should be as involved as we are getting.
'This news takes my breath away and I also have grave reservations about taking up the lease at the rugby club too.`
Fellow Tory Councillor, Tony Mannion said that the deals are 'outrageous` at a time when there are being cuts to public services saying, 'I think the council should be ashamed of themselves. These are private businesses and it shouldn`t be up to the council to lend them money.`
Councillor Stone says that it`s all about working in partnership and that the loan is a five year deal and, at the end of that term, the club would be required to repay any outstanding balance.
Meanwhile, Council Chief Executive, Martin Kimber said, 'Everybody benefits as a result of this investment. It`s about supporting local businesses. It`s about community facilities and meeting the needs of the fans who religiously travel out to Don Valley who will soon be able to watch home matches at home. It`s about football and the feel good factor that this will generate.`
Steve Coakley the club`s Commercial Director said, 'This isn`t just about the football club it`s about the town. The town does punch above its weight and this is a testament to the key individuals saying this is what can be achieved
'Today is a really proud moment for everyone involved.`
Regarding the gates that Cllr Guilding spoke about, maybe he should take a look at the likes of Chesterfield, Doncaster and Scunthorpe and see that their support rose with a new ground which helped, especially the Spireites, to move up to better things.
Now, where did we put those collection buckets …..
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