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Club gets a red card on parking

A FOOTBALL club will have to fork out thousands of pounds, if it wants to continue a parking arrangement with a local hotel.

A FOOTBALL club will have to fork out thousands of pounds, if it wants to continue a parking arrangement with a local hotel.

Solihull Moors FC, who play at Damson Parkway, had been renting up to 120 spaces to guests at the Holiday Inn, at Birmingham Airport.

But the local authority has ruled that allowing the customers to park there violated planning regulations.

The Moors now face the costs of applying for retrospective planning permission - though this might be refused, since the car park is in the green belt.

Chairman Nigel Collins said: “We understand that they have to do these things, but I’m just hoping common sense will prevail. It seems a little bit odd.

“It’s a situation where a car park is used as a car park, and would continue to be used as a car park.”

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said: “I know that this arrangement provided vital funding for the club, though I know they will abide by planning law.”

She added that she hadn’t received any complaints from local residents about the situation.

 

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