Please comment on the story below which can be found on the CWAC Facebook timeline and ask for some recognition from the Council for the achievements of Witton Albion FC. Chester FC got a Civic reception with the Lord Mayor and an open top tour around Chester. What are the chances of Witton Albion getting a Civic reception?
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Cheshire West and Chester Council also commented on their post.
Cheshire West and Chester Council wrote: "Good afternoon. As promised, here is the response:
Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said today: “Totally agree that Witton Albion FC deserve the greatest credit for their promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. I have today sent my congratulations to club Chairman Ian Dobson and Vice Chairman Mark Harris.
“Fans should also be aware that Cheshire West and Chester Council is planning a joint civic reception with the Town Council to celebrate the team’s tremendous achievements for both town and Borough.”
“Further details to be announced through your local paper, the Northwich Guardian, and Club and Council websites as soon as possible.”"
I hope the civic reception has improved in the last 20 years!
When Witton were at Wembley, we spent the Monday travelling back home. After an open top bus tour around Northwich, we finally ended up at the Memorial Hall for a civic reception. Most of us were starving, as we had not eaten since breakfast.
We had expected/hoped for a 3 course dinner, so imagine our amazement, when we were given a paper plate with about 5 crisps on it, together with a paper cup of very weak orange juice.
I was sent across the road with an order of 40 fish & chips from Seafarer, and we all returned to Wincham Park to our own celebration.
Before we all get carried away with euphoria just take a look at what the Northwich Guardian reported just half an hour after reporting what was PROPOSED for us.
COUNCILLORS say they are committed to helping secure a long-term future for football in Northwich.
Clr Stuart Parker told his colleagues on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) this week that the authority is playing an active part in the homeless club’s unfolding story.
“We have offered to provide what assistance we can in order to help the club and its supporters,” he said at Thursday’s council meeting in Winsford.
“The council is taking a pro-active approach to the continuation of football in Northwich and we have been working collaboratively with the club, the supporters trust, and the local community – through the town council – to find a positive way forward.”
Clr Parker, executive group member for regeneration and culture, was responding to a question from Clr Julia Tickridge, a ward member for Witton and Rudheath.
She asked the council what it is doing to assist the club, which was relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s top tier last week as punishment for breaking finance rules.
The team, runners-up behind Chester in the competition’s Premier Division, was banned from taking part in the end of season promotion play-offs too.
As a result, the club is set to play next season at the lowest level in its near 140-years history.
Clr Parker said: “The problem originated when the club was unable to purchase its stadium from receivers and it was subsequently bought on the open market [in January 2012] by Thor Specialities (UK) Ltd in order to expand its business.
“Realising the difficulties faced by the Vics as a result of the new arrangement, my officers have met with Cheshire FA, the club, the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League and Sport England.
“The council is currently in discussion with Thor about the future of the stadium and the relevant planning issues with regards to the redevelopment of the site.
“We remain in dialogue with all of the parties involved, and further meetings have been arranged in a bid to arrive at a solution.”
He said that making comparisons with Chester, a club that has been promoted in successive seasons since it was formed two years ago following the demise of Chester City, were unhelpful.
“There are clear differences in the circumstances surrounding this club and Chester, but no less importance is being attached to supporting the Vics even though the solution may be different,” added Clr Parker.
And this from a council who were listed as just one of their creditors but OWED £13,458.75 BACK THEN
Maybe I am being more cynical than normal but could, just maybe, they be attempting to sweet-tooth us? and I don't mean any fancies that might be put on the plate.
i think maybe cwac are hoping us wittoners will forget about it, and hope it will go away. so let's all keep lobbying them to make it happen and witton get the recognition they deserve. chester had their civic reception within days of their promotion, so why are we still waiting for ours?
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Re: Recognition from CWAC
6 years 9 months ago #15
The Council seem only to be interested in Chester, apparently they have even "Stolen" the Thundersprint from Northwich. As for the claptrap about Vics, it beggars belief that in a recession our crazy councillors are willing to spend OUR time and possibly OUR money on a club who have consistently cheated for the last ten years or more. But if politicians can waste money on teaching people to be parents then I suppose anything is possible. My guide to parenting? Give your children your time, make rules for them and very importantly, stick to those rules, I don't think that is "Rocket Science". Pity Vics can't stick to the rules!!
I have been retired for 8 years now and I can confirm two things; You cannot work out how you found time to go to work and it is wonderful to be TOTALLY in charge of your life, with the wife's permission of course. Read me in the Our Town magazine.