County Council Objective 2: enhance facilities for local sports groups and on-going financial support

  • The land at Stratfield Brake is in public ownership. If it is given over to OUFC, the County would have little control over how it is managed. That is short sighted and wrong. It is proposed that OUFC would be responsible, under a 250 year lease, for funding community sport facilities equivalent to those which will be lost. How will the County enforce this? Likely – as happened with Kassam - the club and its overseas investors will demand more and more planning concessions to increase the commercial value and retail turnover of the complex and their profit. Local sports groups could be squeezed out.