East Riding of Yorkshire Council says that the reason for them not renewing the lease of a boxing club is so they can expand adult services.
The local authority also adds that Track Fitness and Boxing Club have seriously breached their agreement on a number of occasions.
While the club is facing eviction from their venue on Burden Road, the authority says they will work with them to find a new home.
In a statement released a spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council outlined their side of the argument. They said;
“A three-year lease was signed by Fitness Track and Boxing Beverley in April 2016 with the understanding it was to be used as a youth, fitness and boxing club.”
“That lease expired in April 2019 and whilst tenants were given notice to vacate the premises by the end of October. The council has agreed to extend that notice period until 6 December and has offered to assist the club in their search for alternative premises.”
Breaches To Lease Are Serious
“There have been a number of serious breaches to the terms of the lease as well as changes to the range of services offered which go beyond the original terms of the agreement.”
“Adult learning and personal development support is important for many of our residents as it helps them develop and obtain new skills, further their education, boost job and career prospects or discover a new pursuit or leisure activity.”
“Based on the success of the employment, education and skills service, the building on Burden Road is now required to provide an increase in the number of opportunities for local residents, reduce waiting lists and further build on the successes we have seen over the last three years at the Beverley site.”
Following a public meeting, those who run club made it clear they would go down fighting. They also called for their members to lobby the council.
Parents with children who attend the club were shocked when they learned the news. While one parent called the decision ludicrous.
Track Fitness and Boxing Club have started an online petition as they look to fight the decision. They also hope that the community will get behind them by signing the petition.
To date over 800 people have signed the petition in support of the boxing club.