Hayes & Yeading have been given fresh hope in their bid to return home after chairman Tony O’Driscoll was given the green light to find a new builder to work on their Beaconsfield Road stadium.
No work has been carried out on the site for months now following United’s dispute with M.C. Contracting and the club is continuing to fulfill their Skrill South fixtures at Woking FC’s Kingfield in Surrey.
O’Driscoll called in a team of legal experts to examine the problems plaguing the project and a breakthrough has been made, with the Hayes & Yeading chairman confirming to the Gazette that he has been given permission to seek an alternative contractor.
Work could be restarted as early as this weekend and will come as a huge relief to United fans, particularly given the stadium’s naming sponsor, Sharda Glass, went into administration in December to cast further doubt over the future of the ground.
O’Driscoll said: “I went and spoke to the lawyers. They have told me that we can now go and speak to new builders about starting up the work again. It was confirmed to me on Friday that we can legally now go and speak to new builders.
“I’ve got a meeting with some builders on Thursday at the football club. They’ve already looked at what needs to be done and they are now putting costs to those elements to let me know on Thursday. It’s good news.”
O’Driscoll, who is set to head to the United States on business again in the coming days, has already earmarked areas for the builders to tackle first, in order to push the project forward as quickly as possible.
He added: “The main thing for them to start on is that we’ve got certain areas of the first floor which need concreting before we can do any work on the ground floor. I’ve asked them if they can look to do that while I’m away. They said they can provided the costs are okay. On Thursday we should know if that’s settled.”
Meanwhile, the dispute with the previous builders, who pulled off from the site months ago, will rumble on in the background while Hayes & Yeading press ahead with work on the new venue.
O’Driscoll added: “It [the dispute] has not been sorted out at all. Our legal people have told us to get on with the works and they’ll deal with the other situation. I’m not sure what’s going to happen there but I’ve left it in their hands.”
On the field, Hayes & Yeading were beaten 2-1 at league leaders Bromley on Saturday. United are due to entertain Staines Town tomorrow night (Tuesday).