Local lawyer questions land disposal November 15, 2007

Kent face legal challenge to Canterbury development

Cricinfo staff

Kent's redevelopment of the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury could be delayed by legal action brought by a member who claims the club has not provided any financial details of the sale of land that is being used to finance the project.

A report in the Times quotes Ben Moorhead, a local lawyer who successfully opposed other development work in the area. "If you were selling your house, would you expect to exchange contracts without being informed of the price?" he said. "I hope to achieve the appropriate details, followed by a proper consideration of the matter by members at a fresh special general meeting. The resolution passed at the meeting in September is invalid and it follows that the general committee is not authorised to dispose of the club's land."

Moorhead opposes the construction of a hotel next to the pitch but insists his move is purely on grounds of corporate governance.

The county maintain they can dispose of land as they see fit and that members were provided with sufficient information for them to take an informed decision.