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Hitchin`s Top Field Under Threat

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Southern League Premier Division club Hitchin Town are to hold an open meeting to discuss the future of both the club….

….and its Top Field stadium.

Developer Richard Daniels in conjunction with the Canaries landlords, the Cow Commoners Trust, are seeking to build a new supermarket on the Top Field site and to relocate the Football Club to an out of town site on greenbelt land.

Up to now the Football Club have not been able to comment due to outstanding litigation. However, this has now been resolved and as such the club can outline its position which is that it does not want to the move to the new site proposed by the trustees and Mr Daniels and wants to remain at Top Field which has been home for the past 150 years.

At the meeting chief executive Andy Melvin will ask for supporters, Hitchin residents, Hitchin organisations and the business community to pull together and try to persuade the trustees to change their minds about these proposals.

Melvin said: “The next few weeks are critical and it is time for the people to decide – does the town want to keep the proven benefits of a town centre football club or does it want, or even need, yet another supermarket? The threat to Hitchin Town Football Club cannot be underestimated and we need your help.

“In 2015 Hitchin Town will be celebrating 150 years of association football and it would be great to celebrate this incredible achievement with a Top Field stadium fit for purpose which can continue to provide top level non-League football and enable the club to carry out even more community work for the benefit of the local community.”

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