A TADLEY football association which has edged into the black for the first time in three years is likely to receive a further financial boost of £7,000 from the town council.
In June, Barlows Park Management Association (BPMA), which runs Barlows Park, the home of Tadley Calleva FC, in Silchester Road, revealed a small profit of £1,000 for the financial year ending March 31.
At last Monday’s meeting of Tadley Town Council’s finance and general purposes committee, councillors considered an application for a £7,000 grant towards the association’s running costs.
Town councillor Jo Slimin, who is also the association’s chairwoman, and town councillor Tony Flahive, the association’s vice chairman, both declared an interest and stepped out of the meeting.
Councillors then considered Mrs Slimin’s written application on behalf of the association for a £7,000 grant.
In the application, Mrs Slimin stated that BPMA operated and maintained the football facility and was not a club, but rather a constituted association which hired out pitches to the local community.
She wrote: “Without the continued support from both Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Tadley Town Council it would be highly unlikely that BPMA could continue.”
If the association was forced to close due to lack of funds, Mrs Slimin said the pitches, changing room facilities, stands and club house would be handed back to the leaseholder, the borough council
“This would mean no football facilities, including changing rooms, would be available in Tadley at the value for money that is currently provided,” she said.
She said that the borough council had provided a grant of £9,000 for the 2017/18 and 2015/16 financial years – the same as it had been granted in the previous two years.
This “stand still” grant meant the association had absorbed inflation over the last four years.
Mrs Slimin added: “We are asking you [Tadley Town Council] to consider awarding a grant, to cover some of our costs, at the same level as several previous years (£7,000) even though our costs have increased with inflation.”
Proposing that the full amount of £7,000 be awarded, Hampshire County Councillor, Warwick Lovegrove, (Lib Dem Tadley and Baughurst) said he hoped the association could continue as they do an excellent job in Tadley.
“They are the jewel in the crown of Tadley and I think we should support it,” said Mr Lovegrove, who is a