Statement regarding Kingsmeadow Stadium
A petition has been set up on the Kingston Council website calling on the Council to ensure that in the event of a sale of the 'freehold' of Kingsmeadow Stadium, a 1989 covenant on the land is upheld.
The petition calls on us to ensure that in the event of a sale of the 'freehold' of Kingsmeadow Stadium, a 1989 covenant on the land is upheld and the future of Kingstonian FC is protected.
In response, The Leader of Kingston Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, said:
"It is important to clarify the position with regards to the lease of Kingsmeadow Stadium and the influence the Council can have in all this.
"First of all, Kingston Council owns the freehold for Kingsmeadow Stadium and that is not for sale. AFC Wimbledon are the leaseholders and could, if they wanted, decide to effectively sell that leasehold.
"The current lease between the Council and AFC Wimbledon allows (but does not require) AFC to sub-let, which they do in the form of a ground-sharing agreement with Kingstonian FC.
"As far as I'm aware there is no covenant in the title to the land or in the lease between Kingston Council and AFC that obliges any party to provide accommodation to Kingstonian FC.
"That said, I for one am committed to doing whatever I can to ensure Kingstonian has a future in the borough. As our borough grows and changes, we must protect our heritage and the things that make this area special. Kingstonian FC certainly falls into that category.
"I have met with representatives of Kingstonian FC to offer the Council's support in either negotiating a new ground-sharing agreement with new leaseholders, should a transfer of the lease go through, or failing that in trying to identify suitable locations in the borough for a new ground to be built."