Conference club in deep trouble are Margate. They have had the planning
proposals for the redevelopment of Hartsdown
Park rejected by Thanet District Council who were not convinced that there
was sufficient evidence that the necessary finance was in place to complete the
Margate have been playing at Dover's Crabble Athletic Ground for the past two
seasons and have repeatedly stated that the work at Hartsdown was proceeding
satisfactorily. The Conference lost patience on the progress and the ground
share recently and have been imposing a £5,000 fine for each fixture that
Margate can not fulfil at its own ground since January 1st 2004.
It seems increasingly likely that Margate will be thrown out of the
Conference at the end of the current season wherever they finish if they do not
have a ground to call home by May 2004.
Margate Chairman Jim Parmenter resigned last Wednesday and there are strong
rumours of serious cash flow problems at the club circulating.