Thursday, 18 July 2013

Crucial legal paperwork relating to Boleyn Ground future mislaid

By Alex Shilling, News Editor

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Interesting revelations about the future of the Boleyn Ground after 2016 have emerged after vital legal paperwork was mislaid.

The ground, where the Hammers have played since 1904 after moving from Hermit Road, is set to become a retail park with luxury flats built on it.

However, the Brentwood Gazette reported yesterday, a historic agreement exists between the club and the Diocese of Brentwood, which is represented by a missing document. If located, this document would give the diocese the right to place constraints on for which purposes the land can be used, potentially jeopardising the club's plans for Upton Park.

The agreement was made in 1869, when the land was purchased by the Westminster Diocesan Education Fund in order to build St Edward's Reformatory for boys.

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for for the Diocese of Brentwood said: "Land Registry records suggest that there were some restrictive covenants placed on the club at that time but neither the diocese nor the land registry can locate any documents relating to them."

The club were unavailable for comment at the time.

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