With concerns continuing to grow over the future of Torquay United Football Club, the Liberal Democrat group on Torbay Council has met this past week and discussed the situation. However, with no more information available other than that already available in the public domain, I now, as secretary of the group, propose to make a statement on its behalf.
It seems clear that the Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, has been meeting and discussing options for some time, but the moment has arrived for him to show us the deal, and councillors will have to judge what is in the best interests of the Bay and indeed Torquay United Football Club.
The Liberal Democrat group on Torbay Council are committed to supporting the continuation of a professional club within the Bay, and will be seeking assurances that this will be the outcome of any proposals by the Elected Mayor. We believe that any decision should be taken by the whole council, and on a recorded vote of each councillor, and we will argue this case, and work to develop a cross party consensus on this matter.
Cllr: Ian Doggett
(Liberal Democrat) for Clifton With Maidenway Ward, Paignton