Exeter City Council said that it was working closely with football clubs and the leagues in Exeter to ensure that teams can continue to fulfill their fixtures following a proposal to take five pitches out of use.
Cllr Rob Hannaford, lead councillor for Environment and Leisure, said: “Even if we stop using the five pitches at Bromhams Farm, we are still confident that with canny management of the remaining pitches, all the teams that are currently in the leagues should be able to continue with their football for this season and hopefully for future seasons.
“These are difficult times and the government has forced many of these cuts upon the city council by reducing its grant. There are enough football pitches in Exeter to complete the hundreds of games that are played every year. Often clubs block book pitches and for a number of reasons the pitches sometimes don’t even get used.
“Just this weekend the council paid staff to attend a changing room where teams did not turn up as booked. We believe that there is booked but unused capacity, and we all have to start thinking wiser so that everyone can be accommodated within the reduced financial situation that we find ourselves in. We have a variety of proposals and we are talking to the leagues and the clubs about the best way forward.”
Exeter City Council needs to save £2.4 million next year and nearly £5 million over the next four years.
A proposal to stop maintaining five pitches and two changing rooms at Bromhams Farm would save the council £13,000 a year, which taken together with an increase in fees of £9,000 results in a saving of £22,500.
(from a press release)