Hounslow Council’s statement on CB Hounslow United FC

In response to the recent comments on social media relating to CB Hounslow United FC, it is important to clarify the council’s position.

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2018

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CB Hounslow United FC was awarded funding by a number of organisations including the London Borough of Hounslow, Sport England, London Marathon Charitable Trust and the Football Foundation in relation to the development of football facilities at the site which adjoins Green Lane, Hounslow, TW4 6DH. The funds were given to CB Hounslow with the sole intent of encouraging football, supporting the local community with investment and create a long-term sporting legacy.

Following enquiries first instigated by Sport England and the Football Foundation over a year ago, the London Borough of Hounslow has identified several concerns in relation to the management and operation of CB Hounslow. These concerns relate to financial management by the Trustees of CB Hounslow, which is a charity. There are also concerns relating to the alleged inappropriate use of the site, which include siting of unauthorised buildings, unauthorised development, unauthorised sub-lettings and potentially significant breaches of planning regulations.

Following a routine inspection of the site earlier this year, it was discovered several additional buildings had been erected on site which were occupied by BJMW Recruitment, a company controlled by the three trustees of CB Hounslow but not associated with CB Hounslow or football.

The council believes that public funding, held by the charity, may have been used in breach of trust as a guarantee for a loan to BJMW ltd.

The council shares concerns with the other organisations above that there may be, at least, a serious conflict of interest, and this is currently under investigation. The Council is in consultation with Middlesex Football Association as we wish football to continue at the Club. 

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