The deal for selling alcohol from the outside bar was carried out by the present BOD. Extending the Raiders Bar requires Planning permission and a further deal/permission from the Covenant owner.
if at the time planning permission was sort for the extension of the raiders bar area instead of the now outside bar it would have cost no more at the time.
Also there is room for a second floor above the Raiders Bar in the future if needed.
To extend the Raiders bar room area dose not need permission from the covenant holder! The only reason the covenant holder would be involved is if the proposal was to move the actual bar area outside the perimeter of the now bar area. The deal for selling alcohol was done in order to keep the outside bar open due to its popularity. The first season (Championship one) it broke even. After promotion to Championship I believe a small profit was achieved, The £100k which was said to be required outside the normal fundraising in 2011 was to ensure a competitive side could be put on the field, this was not achieved due to various reasons at the time.
The BoD have since paid off a considerable amount of the inherited debt and still held a position in Championship which should be applauded. Fund raising is going forward so I am led to believe and big strides have been achieved since 2011, I do not believe the £100k is as urgent as some would believe, if would be wonderfully if the club had it in its coffers but it has not been possible. If you fail to raise the money one way you try another, it may take longer but it is progressing. All that we can do is get behind the BoD and the team and support the club the best we can .