Bangor City: row breaks out over electric bill

A company which runs the Nantporth football stadium has hit back at claims it was responsible for an unpaid electric bill.

Utility suppliers have cut energy and water from Bangor City’s ground in a dispute over two demands for bills totalling £25,000.

The troubled football club claimed on Tuesday that a £16,000 electric bill was ‘unjust’ because it was solely in their name and not jointly shared with Nantporth CIC.

But the community partnership has denied responsibility for the bill and says the payment has already been made. The company also claims City prevented them switching providers for the floodlights on the 3G pitch – a task which should have been completed in November.

Since 2012, Nantporth CIC has run the football complex on a 25 year-lease from Bangor City Council – they rent out the 3G pitch to community groups, while City sublet the main pitch and the clubhouse.

Reacting to a statement from City’s general manager Luke Purcell, the company said: ”The statement made indicates that the outstanding amounts due to the suppliers is the burden of Nantporth CIC.”

”Nantporth CIC have made appropriate payments to Bangor City Football Club either directly or by way of credit for non payment of invoices, due by the club either from use of the pitch or non payment of rent.”

”In addition, the delays referred to in the statement were as a result of the club preventing the supply from being switched over in November, resulting in this task being re-scheduled for week beginning 4th February.”

”Nantporth CIC have received no communication from the club regarding electrical costs since additional contributions were made in November and have continued to make regular monthly contributions as above.”

City claimed that they owed a total of £80,000 in debt, including player and staff wages and compensation for a former groundsman.

Nantporth CIC responded by saying they found it ”unusual that a business of this type would amass a debt of this size over a short period of time” but added they recognised there may be management issues at the club.

Their statement concluded: ”Whilst we are sympathetic and wish to assist the club, it is important that the CIC maintains its focus to assist the community in general.”

Bangor City says its solely responsible for a £9,000 bill for water supplies. The club said it was working to resolve both utility bills, adding talks had been continuing with investors and sponsors for the past two months.

The club has also called on all its shareholders to ensure Saturday’s Huws Gray Alliance game at home to Gresford Athletic goes ahead. Last month, it was reported the club was in ‘advanced’ talks about a possible takeover bid.

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