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Skipton kart track not for sale after mix-up
Skipton LMS Social Club has had to withdraw the go-kart track from its sale of the LMS football ground after new information has been unearthed about its ownership.
The go-kart site was wrongly included in the plot of land for sale off the town’s Engine Shed Lane and next to Sandyland’s sport centre and Skipton Tennis Club.
The error came to light when documents relating to the track were found and examined last week and revealed that the owner was, in fact, the Tarn Moor and Coulthurst Memorial Trust, which also owns the adjacent Sandylands centre.
Chartered surveyor Michael Westlake, who is leading the sale, said the document he was shown included a “non-assignable ground lease”.
“It means the social club has no rights to dispose of the go-kart track and it has been handed back to the Coulthurst Trust.
“The situation now is that the interested parties are being invited to submit sealed bids by no later than Friday, September 27. They will be opened the following Monday, September 30.”
The sale of the football ground by LMS Social Club has sparked fierce opposition, especially from the LMS Football Club, one of the most successful in Craven. It would leave the senior and junior teams without a place to play and would put paid to plans to set up a ladies’ squad.
A group of local people, including county, district and town councillor Robert Heseltine, have announced they are prepared to step in and dig into their own pockets in an attempt to save the club and its ground for the town.
Coun Heseltine said it would be a terrible loss to the town and to the tradition of football in the area if the ground was sold.
And at the same time a petition has been launched, calling on other football clubs in Craven to help save it.
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