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Rosie Cooper MP urges Chequer Properties to put local football not commercial interests first

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Chequer Properties to offer a full and detailed explanation for locking Skelmersdale United out of their Uretek Stadium.

Following the arrival of bailiffs to the Uretek Stadium stopping club officials and players from entering or using the grounds, Skelmersdale United have been forced to play their homes games elsewhere.

The only explanation that appears to have been given for this decision by the ground’s owners, Chequer Properties, is ‘breaches of contract’ by Skelmersdale United which appear to relate to a claimed 146 dilapidation order to the value of £253,000 and subletting without consent.

Club Chairman, Paul Griffiths, disagrees with the order, and says the club had been working on a number of health and fire safety requirements before the recent unannounced action was taken.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am horrified at the way this situation has been dealt with by Chequer Properties, who appear to have not communicated effectively with Skelmersdale United regarding the cause of their actions.

“Not only has Skelmersdale United’s ability to exist been threatened once again, but in the meantime the Uretek Stadium premises have been broken into with the safe and other items being stolen.

“Chequer now owe a duty to the Club, their players, staff, and the local supporters and residents to explain why they have taken this decision, allowed local football to suffer because of it, and then failed to provide proper security at the premises.

“Skelmersdale United has a proud history dating back to 1882, which is being undermined and threatened not for the first time by the actions and lack of communication by Chequer Properties.”

In an ironic twist, the first game that was forced to be moved from the Uretek was against Burscough FC – whose home ground is also owned by Chequer Properties.

Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“I am very worried that if Chequer Properties continue in this manner then commercial interests may wreck two local football clubs. I would ask them to put football and the local community before their financial interests.”

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