Club had been threatened with closure of Beechings Cross facility by council

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Gillingham FC will be allowed to train at their Beechings Cross base after resolving a despite over an unpaid utility bill with Medway Council.

The club and the council were at loggerheads last week after it was revealed on Wednesday morning that the club owed the council £34,000 for an unpaid utility bill dating back to 2008.

The council threatened to take the keys back and start legal proceedings if the club had not paid up by 4pm on Friday.

After revealing who the club’s new manager would be on Thursday afternoon, chairman Paul Scally met with council officials to resolve the problem.

A spokesman for the council wouldn’t say how much of the bill had been settled but said: “We are pleased to announce that Gillingham FC has made a payment towards its use of Beechings Cross training ground.

“The council is working on arrangements to get a new lease signed for the use of the ground before the start of the new season.”

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