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Ebbsfleet United fans to quiz Peter Varney over Plough End development at Stonebridge Road in open meeting

PUBLISHED: 13:33 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33 10 April 2017

Peter Varney and Abdulla Al-Humaidi

Peter Varney and Abdulla Al-Humaidi

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The club announced plans last month for the stand to accommodate 1,750 supporters on standing terraces as well as an integrated hotel

Ebbsfleet United fans will get the chance to quiz club chiefs on plans for a new stand and integrated hotel at Stonebridge Road.

The club announced plans last month for the stand, at the Plough End, to accommodate 1,750 supporters on standing terraces, with the ability to convert to seating when appropriate.

Bosses are working to achieve a planning consent from Gravesham Borough Council in May so work can start this coming June – with a projected completion date of April 2018.

It comes as work draws to a close on the Fleet’s 5,000-seater main stand, which the club’s owners have deemed necessary in order to generate greater revenue and avoid a repeat of the circumstances which brought about its near closure in 2013.

Now the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board has arranged an open meeting with general manager Dave Archer and vice-chair Peter Varney to answer questions and address concerns about the development.

The meeting is to be held on Thursday, 20th April, at 7pm in the Fleet Social Club.

Admission will be from 6.00pm and is open to all fans and supporters, who are urged to submit questions and concerns in writing before this Saturday’s crucial clash with Eastbourne.

According to the plans, terracing will run along one tier across the full length of the Plough End and the site will make full use of the land to the limits of the current boundaries owned by the club.

The ability to convert to seating means the club is able to meet fan demands of terracing - widely associated with a better matchday atmosphere - while also being capable of meeting the necessary seating requirements in higher leagues.

Meanwhile, the 55-room hotel, on three levels, is designed with a lobby opening out on to a forecourt on Stonebridge Road roughly where the present turnstiles are situated, with new turnstiles and an access gate moved further inside the present site.

Non-matchday car parking, a pick-up/drop-off point and a cycle store are also to be located in that area.

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