Deadline looming as clock ticks for Bellshill Athletic

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BELLSHILL Athletic have been told they have to find a new home by June 16 if they wish to retain their place in the junior league next season.

The game’s governing body, the SJFA, have given the club a short extension to conclude their three-year search for a ground, but a public meeting on Friday heard they are no nearer to finding a solution.

Over 100 people turned out for the meeting at Bellshill Cultural Centre, where club president Paul Fox stated the club doesn’t make enough from sharing with Vale of Clyde to even cover players’ expenses.

Mr Fox said: “We don’t want utopia, we’re not even asking for money, all we need is a piece of land. We already have parties interested in helping us, but we desperately need a ground to take it forward.”

Mr Fox claims that the club had been offered four sites in the Bellshill and Mossend area from North Lanarkshire Council officials, only to have them withdrawn, and have subsequently been offered a site in North Motherwell four times as well as the use of Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.

Belllshill councillor Harry McGuigan argued council officials had no business offering the club any site.

He said: “Council officials had no authority to offer any piece of land without it going through the relevant committee and if I am re-elected this week I will be getting to the bottom of what has happened.”

Full story in this week’s Bellshill Speaker, out May 2