East Thurrock United want the Pegasus Club

EAST Thurrock United are bidding to take over a popular sports club left stricken by the sale of Coryton oil refinery.

The football club intend to sell their current Rookery Hill ground for “high quality” housing and buy the Pegasus Club on Herd Lane, Corringham, which is at the mercy of administrators following the demise of Coryton oil refinery.

Workers at the Pegasus, a private members club that served Petroplus workers when the company owned Coryton oil refinery, says it feels left in the dark. Since the refinery went bust in January, the future of the club has been in the balance.

But a consultation document put before Thurrock Council on Wednesday night revealed that the Pegasus club is a site earmarked for development along with East Thurrock’s current home-ground.

The report was passed by the council, meaning there will be a consultation on whether the green belt sites should be released.

It is understood however, that John Kent, the council leader, is against releasing the Pegasus club from green belt.

Thames Oilport, the consortium turning Coryton oil refinery, into a storage terminal have made a “substantial offer” for the club. 

A spokesman said: “If we are successful, we intend to put the land in trust to secure it as a community asset.”

The football club plan to continue operating the Pegasus as a community sports hub but also build a stadium on the site while their home ground would be developed into more than 100 houses.

Martin Hathaway, who manages the Pegasus club, is angry that Thurrock Council are discussing the club’s future when it is still at the mercy of PwC.

He said: “The Pegasus strongly objects that its future can be discussed by Thurrock Council without any prior notification or consuiltation from either the council or its officers.”

East Thurrock United admit the success of any bid hinges on the expectations of PwC, the administrators, the willingness of the Pegasus club and the support of Thurrock Council.

Neil Speight, the club secretary, believes a harmonious relationship between the two clubs could be an asset. But members of the Pegasus club say there has been no approach by East Thurrock United.

Mr Speight said: “Our aim as a progressive club is to grow our local community support and we believe that by becoming involved in the Pegasus Club we will be able to build upon its existing community links, improve facilities for those who come to our club and also work with people currently involved at the Pegasus to ensure the long term viability of the club in all its many sporting aspects.

“In the very long term that might see the creation of additional indoor facilities for such sports as basketball, badminton and gymnastics and other sports inspired by the summer’s Olympic legacy and in the short term by bringing innovation, enthusiasm and commitment to helping the community that is the Pegasus Sports and Social Club grow.”

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5:54pm Thu 29 Nov 12

matty411 says...

the land where the peg is situlated and in its radius has got 100 years history to it.what about that ? im part of a group who wants to preserve the history and tell people who dont know anything about corringham light railway where it is and the history behind.we got a following in stanford facebook group as well
the land where the peg is situlated and in its radius has got 100 years history to it.what about that ? im part of a group who wants to preserve the history and tell people who dont know anything about corringham light railway where it is and the history behind.we got a following in stanford facebook group as well matty411

7:15pm Thu 29 Nov 12

lisasargent@btinternet.com says...

Thanks for letting people know about The Corringham Light Railway Matt.

I was just wondering that on a nice summers evening, it would be great to walk or cycle along the old CLR track bed.
Check out our Facebook Groups for up to date information.
http://www.facebook.
com/#!/groups/TheCor
ringhamLightRailway/

http://www.facebook.
com/#!/groups/130127
493689267/
Thanks for letting people know about The Corringham Light Railway Matt. I was just wondering that on a nice summers evening, it would be great to walk or cycle along the old CLR track bed. Check out our Facebook Groups for up to date information. http://www.facebook. com/#!/groups/TheCor ringhamLightRailway/ http://www.facebook. com/#!/groups/130127 493689267/ lisasargent@btinternet.com

9:09pm Thu 29 Nov 12

rogwj says...

Not with any club affiliations, I studied the Corringham Light Railway history and researched it over many years. I also put my knowledge to good use and in my last year (2006-07) as a member of the Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside, I gave an illustrated talk on the railway to the members. I was surprised at how many members did not know that the railway even existed.
Not with any club affiliations, I studied the Corringham Light Railway history and researched it over many years. I also put my knowledge to good use and in my last year (2006-07) as a member of the Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside, I gave an illustrated talk on the railway to the members. I was surprised at how many members did not know that the railway even existed. rogwj

2:19pm Fri 30 Nov 12

BigEyes says...

"It is understood however, that John Kent, the council leader, is against releasing the Pegasus club from green belt." Is this the same John Kent who is President of the East Thurrock football club?
"It is understood however, that John Kent, the council leader, is against releasing the Pegasus club from green belt." Is this the same John Kent who is President of the East Thurrock football club? BigEyes

11:46am Sat 1 Dec 12

A Dermot says...

Rookery Hill ground will be sold for housing and the pegasus site taken over by East Thurrock United.

The Pegasus club are mere tenants and will be evicted so the freehold can be sold by PWC. Money talks and the current tenants have none.

How bizarre that a few months ago Council Leader John Kent was building false hope saying Pegasus could form a community company and buy the site with Government money but then unveils these proposals at full council. Talk about being well and truly shafted.

If the football club buy the site they will utter platitudes to Pegsus so the sale goes smoothly but then what?

I foresee the football club running the whole site as they will want all the profits and the pegsus forced to hire facilities but not running or controlling anything.
Rookery Hill ground will be sold for housing and the pegasus site taken over by East Thurrock United. The Pegasus club are mere tenants and will be evicted so the freehold can be sold by PWC. Money talks and the current tenants have none. How bizarre that a few months ago Council Leader John Kent was building false hope saying Pegasus could form a community company and buy the site with Government money but then unveils these proposals at full council. Talk about being well and truly shafted. If the football club buy the site they will utter platitudes to Pegsus so the sale goes smoothly but then what? I foresee the football club running the whole site as they will want all the profits and the pegsus forced to hire facilities but not running or controlling anything. A Dermot

10:37pm Wed 5 Dec 12

lovinlivemusic says...

This is a disgrace!!! Should be illegal! What are they gonna do, bulldoze that beautiful scenery and make a big footy stadium?? Lovely...not. What about the 100+ kids that enjoy the cricket season there??? Its a whole community at the Peg and my kids for one are devastated that their club could just go!!!! ....money talks ....wheres that lottery win when you need it!!!!
This is a disgrace!!! Should be illegal! What are they gonna do, bulldoze that beautiful scenery and make a big footy stadium?? Lovely...not. What about the 100+ kids that enjoy the cricket season there??? Its a whole community at the Peg and my kids for one are devastated that their club could just go!!!! ....money talks ....wheres that lottery win when you need it!!!! lovinlivemusic

10:53pm Wed 5 Dec 12

BigEyes says...

I fully agree with lovinlivemusic. It needs all the parents of the children who play cricket there (and other sports) to ensure that their views are heard. The Council's move, after all, is supposed to be a "consultation" excercise. It's time for your club managers to lead by example and not bury their heads in the sand, as if the sports field destruction is a fait accompli. Dare any Thurrock Council member suggest this is "Olympic Legacy".
I fully agree with lovinlivemusic. It needs all the parents of the children who play cricket there (and other sports) to ensure that their views are heard. The Council's move, after all, is supposed to be a "consultation" excercise. It's time for your club managers to lead by example and not bury their heads in the sand, as if the sports field destruction is a fait accompli. Dare any Thurrock Council member suggest this is "Olympic Legacy". BigEyes

12:38pm Thu 20 Dec 12

lisasargent@btinternet.com says...

If anyone is interested in helping save the Corringham Light Railway track bed for future generations then there is a public meeting being held at Pegasus Club on Thursday 10th January 2013 from 6.30pm till 10pm and there is free drinks and food available for all. Thanks.
If anyone is interested in helping save the Corringham Light Railway track bed for future generations then there is a public meeting being held at Pegasus Club on Thursday 10th January 2013 from 6.30pm till 10pm and there is free drinks and food available for all. Thanks. lisasargent@btinternet.com

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