A local football club have alleged that they will not be able to run this season following the parish council’s closure of their base.
Bedmond FC have a long-standing history in the area and are also the first club of former professional footballer Vinnie Jones.
The club took to Twitter to accuse Abbots Langley Parish Council (ALPC) of being “petty” in their decision to close the Bedmond Sports & Social Club where they are based.
In a series of tweets published on Wednesday, June 14, the club stated: “It is with enormous sadness we have decided not to run next year. The council has decided to close the social club, leaving us with no home.
“A shameless decision by the parish and one that has ended the future of Bedmond FC. Thanks to all the teams/managers.
“The council hopefully may put it back out to tender in the near future, but not in time for this season.
“The now ex-tenant funded the football and the social club’s losses for five years. Without him, we wouldn’t have run at all. He did it for the community.
“As you all know, a guy/chairman like that is gold dust, and we need people like him in football, not [to be] pushed away by a petty parish council.”
A spokesperson for ALPC said: “The council had been in discussions about signing a lease with the chairman of the Bedmond Sports & Social Club, also the chairman of Bedmond FC, for almost a year. The Bedmond Sports & Social Club were not able to take up the lease as the club is not registered as a legal entity able to enter into a lease.
“As a result, the council will initiate a process to seek a new leaseholder over the coming months. The needs of the Bedmond Youth FC football teams who train at Bedmond will be prioritised as part of this process and the changing rooms/toilet facilities will continue to be made available.”