A SPECIAL FEATURE ON THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CLUB

A SPECIAL FEATURE ON THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE CLUB

By GAFC News
6th February
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The Annual General Meeting of Grays Athletic Community Football Club Limited held on 22 January 2019.


Shareholders were presented with and received the following:-

- the accounts for the year ended 30 June 2018
- information about the 2019 board elections
- an update on progress on our relocation plans, potential groundshare arrangements for 2019-20 and 2020-21 and Thurrock Council’s survey on the new Local Plan

A very important letter about the Local Plan was discussed and is set out below for the information of everyone who has an interest in our club:

Dear Supporter,
Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) Document
Thurrock Council has recently published the Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) Document for consultation. The Local Plan is the Council’s land use document that will guide where housing, jobs and sporting facilities can be provided for the next twenty years. The Council is seeking responses to the Document by 5pm, Friday 8 March 2019.
The Club is very keen to demonstrate its commitment to a new community football facility in Grays and we are seeking your support in helping to convince the Council that provision should be made in their new Local Plan.
The attachment to this letter shows how you can help.
You are more than welcome to invite friends, family and work colleagues to join in and show the strength of feeling there is for the Club to return home to Grays.
If you have any questions, please speak to any member of the Board or send an email to graysathletic@hotmail.co.uk
Yours sincerely,

The Board of Directors
Grays Athletic Community Football Club

Letter attachment

Thurrock Council has published the Local Plan Issues and Options (Stage 2) Document for public consultation. The Local Plan is the Council’s land use document that will guide where housing, jobs and sporting facilities can be provided in the next twenty years. The best way for you to view and make comments on the document is through the consultation portal as follows:
https://consult.thurrock.gov.uk/portal/tc/pt/planning/localplan/io2
In order to complete the form you must first log in or register, if you have not yet done so already.
Please note that all comments must be received by 5pm Friday 8th March 2019.
The consultation is an important part of the process which will determine where building will take place in Thurrock over the next twenty years. Grays Athletic Community Football Club would like all supporters to submit their views, specifically on Questions 1 and 36.
The following comments will help the Council formulate a plan to include provision for a new community football facility in the North Grays/Blackshots area. It should take no more than 15 minutes to register, log in and add the responses suggested below:

Question 1 What other evidence based studies do you think the Council needs to consider undertaking to ensure that the Plan is sound?
The Football Association report on Thurrock's "Local Football Facility Plan".
Question 36
a) What should be the priority locations for new or improved open space and sporting or leisure development?
Specifically, in the North Grays/Blackshots area, to include a new community football facility, which will:
• Support the Council’s plan for a comprehensive sports hub in Grays;
• Facilitate the relocation of at least thirty-two local teams, age range 4 to 75, male and female, including Grays Athletic;
• Complement the proposed Orsett Heath Academy School; and
• Enhance the sporting ethos of the proposed school.
b) How can the Local Plan support the future viability, development and success of Thurrock's sports clubs at all levels through the development of new or improved facilities?
• By making provision in the Local Plan for a new community football facility in the North Grays/Blackshots area;
• Satisfying a significant part of the Council’s plan for a comprehensive sports hub in Grays;
• Enabling over 500 footballers aged 4 to 75 to have a recognised home base in Grays; and
• Providing a viable and sustainable senior football club in Grays, which was lost to housing development in 2010.

We ask all supporters to help in our efforts to persuade the Council to include provision for a new community football facility in the Local Plan by including the above responses.
Thank you.

The Board of Directors
Grays Athletic Community Football Club

Supporters who are not shareholders, are very welcome to become members and can download an application form on our website – www.graysathletic.co.uk and go to the link - GAFC SHARE OFFER - or ask David Barnes for a form at a match.

Membership is the life-blood of the club and gives you a say in the running of our 100% supporter-owned community football club.

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