I write this post just to let you all know my experiences of the SFA Club Licensing process and why, (without knowing all the details) it may not be the end of the road for Bonnyrigg just yet. (Unless of course they have officially been told different???)
When either applying to get a license for the first time, or in renewing an existing one, there are virtually no grey areas in the process at all. It is very black and white.
If , at the time of your SFA visit, a club has not complied with one of the stipulations within a set timescale, then it is very unlikely that any club would be granted a license in the first instance. However, you may be granted one later if you can prove that the work is complete and compliant.
As an example, say a club needed to install toilets and plumbing works into dressing rooms.
On the day of your visit, if the required work is not complete then the SFA are not interested if the plumbing company has been delayed, or if you are waiting on a part arriving in the post, or that it will be finished in the next few weeks or whatever.
At the time of the visit if the club is not compliant then a license would not granted. (Unless the works were literally completed within a few days.)
However, the club may be given a set timescale to complete the work and the licensing committee may confirm the award at a later date.
I cannot imagine a circumstance where the SFA would have awarded Bonnyrigg a license today if they stipulated in advance that floodlights were a requirement for new applicants and the lights were not fully installed and signed off as being compliant.
So today they fail their application because they are not compliant as the floodlights are not operational on the day the committee makes its decision.
However the bigger question I suppose is have the club been told that they have a deadline to complete the works and the licensing committee will revisit the application?
Or have they been told that the process is now complete and they cannot be granted a license prior to the commencement of the new season?