Labour Candidate speaks on Hitchin FC’s plight at Co-operative Party Conference

Rachel Burgin, Labour’s candidate for Hitchin & Harpenden delivered a speech at the Co-operative Party Conference on proposals to sell Hitchin FC’s Top Field to a developer for the purpose of a supermarket.

“My comments were made during the Local Government and Communities debate. A delegate had spoken on their motion which proposed to amend the Localism Act 2011. Their amendment sought to strengthen the powers of local communities to register facilities such as football clubs as “Assets of Community Value”. This same issue had been raised at the Hitchin FC meeting at the Canary Club on Wednesday night which I had attended. I took the opportunity to explain the club’s plight and to ask for input and ideas on how Co-operative values and principles could resolve the situation. I learnt that Hitchin FC is far from alone in its troubles and that a number of Football Supporters’ Co-operatives have been set up as a result. 

I would value input from the local MP Peter Lilley on how he would propose resolving the situation at Top Field”.