Board meeting: Thursday 22nd November, 7:30pm, Boston SRC
Boston United FC Supporters Trust is a registered Industrial and Provident Society, company No. IP30051R
Mr R H Jenkin
Tuesday, 12 September 2005
Dear Mr Jenkin,
Re: Appointment of Sportfunds Directors and other matters
Please be advised that the Working Group for the Inception of a Supporters’ trust (to which I belong), are keen to assure ourselves that the appointments made to the board of Sportsfunds (Boston) Ltd in 2001 or 2002 (?) including yours as Chairman and spokesperson were done with propriety, under proper governance, with no perceived conflict of interest and in compliance with the Memorandum of Association of Sportsfunds, in particular section 4.
Of particular significance to us, is the timing of the appointments of Mr AP Malkinson and Christopher Malkinson, who I understand might be related to the current owners of the York Street ground (Mr Pat Malkinson and Mr S Malkinson), and who although no longer on your board, could be perceived to have a distinct conflict of interest in any plan that may have been conceived or tacitly agreed by the Sportsfund Board, to sell the Tattershall Road ground to a company such as Lavaflow Ltd for example, which was looking to also purchase the freehold of York St stadium.
It is also interesting to note that as recently as early 2001, the Board of Sportsfund was still in discussion with Boston Town FC regarding the sale of the freehold of the Tattershall road ground to the club.
In June 2001, this offer was withdrawn by your board. I wonder if you would be prepared to divulge the reason for this or better still provide a copy of the minutes. In the absence of any such justification, I imagine that people may want to draw their own conclusions.
Did your Board, I wonder, ever consider developing the Tattershall Road site itself using local contractors and using the proceeds to purchase another site proximate to the same “community” area to further support the aims in the Memorandum of Association promoting sports such as football, cricket, hockey etc? Our surveyor estimates that receipts could be nearing £8.5 million from such a development. That is a significant amount of money by any standard, that could create lasting sporting and recreational facilities for local people young and not so young. Our Working Group is looking to identify such a piece of land and with the help of the owner request its designation on the Local Plan (redeposit draft) to recreational use.
Perhaps you would also like to confirm who are the current landlords are of the Tattershall Road football ground. Even some “directors” at Boston United appear not to know the answer to this question. Is it Lavaflow ltd or does Sportsfund still own the freehold? And what of the land owned by the council adjacent to the football ground? This would appear to be included in the Lavaflow planning application.
If it was sold at some point, which Sportsfund Directors took this decision?
I look forward to hearing from you over the course of the next week.
(Member of the Working Group for the Inception of a Boston United Supporters’ Trust)
Mr Andrew Patrick Malkinson,