WISBECH: Today's meeting with West Norfolk planners could speed up football club move
WISBECH Town Football Club today took a major step forward to building their new stadium following a meeting with West Norfolk planners. The club, currently playing on a temporary pitch at Outwell, have been busy throughout the summer proving to planners
WISBECH Town Football Club today took a major step forward to building their new stadium following a meeting with West Norfolk planners.
The club, currently playing on a temporary pitch at Outwell, have been busy throughout the summer proving to planners they have begun work on meeting 19 conditions attached to the consent for the new ground.
Peter Humphrey, who drew up the application for the ground move, and Jeff Fitt, a former football club director, met officials at Kings Lynn to show the work the club has undertaken.
It is likely tonight's board meeting will hear a briefing on the ground move which follows continued criticism on the club's website about lack of information.
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Even local councillors had begun to worry about whether the new ground would ever be developed.
Six weeks ago Walsoken Parish Council wrote to West Norfolk Council expressing concern and wondering if the stadium on Lynn Road would ever be built.
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"The council has asked that it be noted that it is concerned that the proposed stadium will not be built and, as a brown field site, the land will be sold for housing," wrote Annette Williams, clerk to the council.
However the club, which has three years to build the new stadium, is out to prove it has begun to meet with the tough conditions set down by the council.
Thousands of pounds have already been invested in meeting the conditions including preparation of a transport study, provision for parking, foul and surface water disposal, and off site highways improvements.
Mr Fitt, a Wisbech builder and former club director, has been praised by club officials for helping the club switch to its temporary home.
Now that conditions look set to have been met, residents will have a chance to comment on them with a formal application for approval of them is submitted later this week.
Once that process is complete there will then be nothing to stop the club drawing up a contract for the new club house and stadium.