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Hop Farm Under Threat

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Wet weather and a downturn in visitor numbers could force the closure of one of Kent's biggest tourist attractions. The trading arm of Paddock Wood's Hop Farm is expected to be declared insolvent at a creditors' meeting next week.

David Johns reports, talking to Jackie Matthias of West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Insolvency Practitioner Susan Maund.

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Pompey could be saved from liquidation

Portsmouth are "cautiously optimistic" they will avoid going into liquidation

as tomorrow's deadline to save the club looms.

Administrator Trevor Birch said that Pompey's high earners must be

off the wage bill by August 10 or there would be no chance of rescuing the

stricken club.

He said Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim - reportedly on £36k per

week - had left Fratton Park after reaching an agreement.

Birch also expects to make an announcement on midfielder Liam

Lawrence, while talks are ongoing with former striker Kanu.

Negotiations with former owner Balram Chainrai's company Portpin

over their takeover should take place over the next few days.

It also emerged today that Portsmouth Council have agreed to loan rival

bidders, the Pompey Supporters' Trust, £1.45million towards their proposal to

buy the club.

Portsmouth will begin the npower League One campaign next weekend on minus 10

points and are due to start their season with a Capital One Cup clash against

Plymouth on Tuesday.

Administrator reaches compromise over player's wages

Birch
Administrator Trevor Birch Credit: Meridian

Trevor Birch, joint administrator of Portsmouth FC, said this morning: "I am pleased to announce that we have reached a compromise agreement with Tal Ben Haim, who will now leave the club. We expect to make an announcement on Liam Lawrence's future later.

While the situation with Kanu has not yet been resolved, we are cautiously optimistic about our prospects. The progress that we have made over the past 24 hours means that there is now a much better prospect of meeting the conditions of CVA, completing sale of the club and avoiding liquidation.

"As a result, we will now push on with our negotiations with a view to finalising a deal in the next few days. There is still more to do, and the club's future is not yet guaranteed, but we're in a stronger position and will now take some additional time to try to conclude matters."

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Decision on council bail out funds for Pompey

Portsmouth fans will find out the fate of their club Credit: PA

Portsmouth City Council will sit for an emergency meeting later to decide whether the authority should lend the Pompey Supporters Trust almost one and half million pounds.

The trust would use the short-term loan to increase their bid for Portsmouth Football Club. The team faces liquidation if a deal with some senior players cannot be reached by tomorrow.

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