Developers Chestnut Homes have confirmed a new licence to use the football pitches at Garfit’s Lane Playing Fields for their community football teams but say it has ‘nothing to do with The Quadrant and the New Stadium’.
The new arrangement was revealed following a Boston Borough Council meeting according to a caller to The Standard - a council spokesman originally confirmed the arrangement had been discussed outside of official proceedings but would not go into further details.
However, they have now clarified the arrangement was made under a licence, not a lease as originally reported.
A spokesman said: “A lease transfers a legal interest in land through a contractual agreement between a landlord and tenant (and includes exclusive possession).
“We are not using leases for these arrangements.
“We use a licence which does not transfer any legal interest in land but gives access to occupy/use the property for specified periods of time and use.”
They have also clarified that the licence was for three-years at a cost of £1,500 per year, not £15,000 for one year as was originally reported by MP for Boston and Skegness Matt Warman.
They say there will be no changes to current users of the site.
Previously, managing Director of Chestnut Homes and chairman of Boston United David Newton confirmed the arrangements had been put in place to The Standard.
He said: “After lengthy negotiations with Boston Borough Council, we can confirm that Boston United’s Community Foundation will be utilising the football pitches at Garfit’s Lane Playing Fields for their community football teams.
“Other teams and the public who use the site will still be able to do so.
“The licence arrangements will ensure that this community facility is put to really good use.”
He said there would be no changes to public access and that Chestnut Homes would be responsible for the facilities upkeep.
The reports sparked further concerns over the future building of the new Boston United Community Stadium and associated housing off the A16.
However, a spokesman for Chestnut Homes said the news ‘has nothing to do with The Quadrant and the New Stadium’.
For more on this story, including reaction from the manager of Railway Athletic Football Club, which uses the facilities, see this week’s (October 11) edition of The Standard.