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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 March 2007, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
Sussex finances in deficit again
Hove
Hove has been home to Sussex cricket for 167 years
County champions Sussex have posted a loss for the sixth year running.

The club posted a financial loss of £389,466 last year, although that was an improvement on their £631,366 deficit in 2005.

The club has also warned it may be forced to quit the County Ground at Hove after 167 years unless re-development plans are approved.

Planners have recommended amended proposals be rejected when they come before the committee on 4 April.

Sussex chairman David Green said: "If that is the case, we have to seriously consider looking for an alternative site elsewhere in the county.

"It was something the club discussed a few years ago but we decided to stay."

Green, who believes other councils would willingly accommodate Sussex, added: "Everyone knows we have been punching above our weight in cricketing terms.

"What we have achieved on the playing side is fantastic when you compare our resources to other counties and is a testament to everyone involved in the cricket department - coaches and players.

"But our success actually increased cricket costs. Other clubs are showing an interest in our players and coaching staff and we are finding it increasingly difficult to retain and attract good players within the cost restraints imposed upon us.

"That is why we need to develop the ground to improve the revenue streams so we can try and sustain the success we are having and keep the squad together."

Green said: "To give serious consideration to our plans for the south end of the ground, including flats and offices, the planners asked us to withdraw our huge existing permission for development at the north end which has been in place for a number of years.

"They also told us we would be unlikely to get permission to develop the other sides of the ground. That leaves us nowhere to economically redevelop the ground if we can¿t go ahead with the current scheme."



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