Rugby club’s fury at ‘unprofessional’ Crest

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HARROGATE Rugby Club has slammed the behaviour of the developer that owns its ground as “unprofessional and unacceptable”.

The comments from chairman Paul Barnard came after Crest Nicholson announced that it would take possession of the Claro Road site from June 1.

Mr Barnard said: “This announcement is profoundly disappointing.

“The actions taken by Crest have put in jeopardy the future of the club, the 300 senior playing members, the 400 juniors and the supporters and employees.

“They’re playing with people’s lives here and I think their tactics are fundamentally unprofessional and unacceptable.”

The club is playing at Claro Road under lease and thought it had a five-year agreement to remain there, only for Crest to operate a break clause.

It is offering the developer “well in excess” of £1m to buy the ground.

A spokesman for Crest said it had hoped to sell the ground back to the club or get permission for housing on the site, “however in the absence of any further progress and with the aim of giving the club ample time to make alternative arrangements, Crest Nicholson will be now be taking full possession of the land”.

In the meantime, matches and social events will continue as normal.