Ebbsfleet United have made the decision to defer construction of their new main stand until next year.
The club was granted a detailed planning consent for the construction of the new main stand on the Stonebridge Road side on 8th April. There were 47 separate conditions attached to the consent and our design team have been working hard since April to discharge those pre-construction conditions that must be met before work can start.
This was finally achieved on 29th July.
It was our objective to demolish the existing stand and to build the new superstructure within the spring/summer months but this has not proved to be possible. We have to be mindful of the effects of this delay on both the first team and our supporters.
Our ambition is to challenge for promotion to the Vanarama National League this coming season. Any uncertainty or upheaval could be detrimental to the team and our ambitions. Additionally the loss of the covered Liam Daish Stand will significantly reduce the amount of rain cover for our supporters and restrict attendances in a season where we have a number of high-profile Kent derbies.
Accordingly, the club has decided to defer demolition, archaeological excavations and the construction of the new main stand until the 2016 close season.