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Rugby club in tax bill deal

SOLIHULL’s top rugby side held a crunch meeting last night as they frantically tried to sort out the short-term future of the club.

SOLIHULL’s top rugby side held a crunch meeting last night as they frantically tried to sort out the short-term future of the club.

Solihull and Birmingham Rugby Club were issued with a winding-up order and were due in court last week - but directors managed to strike a deal over a five- figure tax bill.

Thursday’s meeting hoped to solve the club’s “significant short- term cash problems”, a club spokesperson said, as well as decide on the next steps forward.

It has been a summer of turmoil for the Bees, who also saw their planning application to build on their ground - to enable them to share with the Solihull Moors - rejected by Solihull Council. The rugby club hoped that by sharing with their neighbours at Damson Park, the two teams could both afford better facilities, such as a proposed state-of-the-art all-weather pitch.

However, the planning sub committee ruled that the plans - which would have seen about 87 homes built on their Sharmans Cross Road HQ - did not include enough affordable housing, and so rejected them.

The plan, would have netted the club around £8 million.

Club spokesperson Jo Kilby said: “Failing to receive planning permission was a major disappointment, but we do have other plans that we want to explain and explore.”

 

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