Construction work close to completion ahead of season’s start
Since part of the wall backing onto St James Park collapsed behind the Away Terrace back in March, the Estates team at Exeter City have been chomping at the bit to get the restoration underway.
Once the professionals had completed their investigations, the green light was given and the work began to get the wall standing again ahead of the start of the season. Head groundsman Clive Pring is grateful to City sponsors JTT for their swift action that has meant the final bricks are now being laid.
“We should be finished well before Bristol Rovers, if not by the end of this week, which is all to plan,” said Clive.
“JTT Contractors [pictured] have been as professional as ever – they’ve always been good sponsors of Exeter City, and they’ve always looked after our best interests. They recently marked up the car park at St James Park, and they have done extensive work at the Cat & Fiddle in the past. They have been great, hands-on sponsors.”
And for Clive and his team, it signals a successful ending to a demanding summer period.
He continued: “It’s nice to get the wall done – supporters have been genuinely interested in the progress. It took a bit longer than we would have liked as it was important to get it right.
“The cause was a culmination of weeks and months of wet weather making the soil damp and heavy in an old-style wall with no drainage in it. It has been a further drain on our resources, but with help from all parts of the club, inside and out, the problem has been addressed despite the unbudgeted expense.”