In local authority news, South Somerset District Council will be getting a new Chief Executive from last month.

This is, of course, relevant as the authority’s District Executive Committee has agreed to buy Yeovil Town’s Huish Park stadium in a move spearheaded by Chairman Scott Priestnall.

At a meeting of the authority’s full council earlier, Clare Pestell was confirmed as the new incumbent, replacing Alex Parmley from June 7.

Those who recall the meeting of the council’s District Executive Committee last December which approved the deal may remember Mr Parmley saying:“We’re not spending money on a football club or giving them taxpayers’ money – we’re investing in the land. We’ll have a significant land asset with a value at the end of it.”

There were no elections held for members of South Somerset District Council on Thursday meaning Councillor Val Keitch, a Liberal Democrat councillor and season ticket holder at Huish Park, remains Leader of the Council.

Later this month, the pause on this deal triggered by the Glovers’ Trust decision to activate it Asset of Community Value (ACV) will lapse. The moratorium is scheduled to end on Wednesday, May 26.

At the time of confirming the activation, the Trust published this document explaining its reasons – see here.


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