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Hungerford eyes up Newbury football stand

Club puts in application to relocate seating to Bulpit Lane

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Hungerford eyes up Newbury football stand

HUNGERFORD Football Club want to dismantle the spectator stand at Newbury FC’s former Faraday Road ground and re-erect it at their own home in Bulpit Lane.

Newbury FC’s 55-year stay at Faraday Road came to an end in June after West Berkshire Council refused to extend their lease.

The council wants to replace the ground with flats as part of its wider plan to regenerate the London Road Industrial Estate and said that, as a result, it needed to have the site ready for development.

Newbury FC now play their Thames Valley Division 1 home games at Brimpton Football Club.

This week, a prior notification application was submitted by Norman Matthews, on behalf of Hungerford FC, who play in National League South, just two tiers outside the Football League.

In the application, it says that the stand will need to be carefully stripped down and re-erected using the same contracting team at Bulpit Lane.

It estimates the work will take around three weeks to complete.

The Faraday Road ground is temporarily unavailable while the council surveys its condition and safety.

Subject to the results of the survey work, the local authority aims to have the site open in September and will be making it freely available to the public as a multi-use games area.

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  • JamesFroodrick

    02/09/2018 - 08:08

    There is a huge movement, spearheaded by Newbury Community Football Group, to save Newbury Community Football Ground (formal Asset of Community Value, 7,000 signature petition, etc). Critical issues are: Why does WBC, as Owner, favour Hungerford by transferring Newbury's Community Assets. WBC's declaration to preserve the Ground until (if) the land is consumed by private flats is disingenuous. The claim that removal is needed to facilitate redevelopment by WBC is misinformation; redevelopment is not approved, not justified by WBC’s strategy, contrary to the WBC’s policies & according to WBC’s CEO, years away from being progressed (if ever). Removal of the stand will cause WBC to buy a new one to comply with its legal obligation to re-provision. Why does WBC doggedly refuse to consult Newbury’s community? WBC promotes profit for its private developer “partner” by destroying the benefit of & need for sporting facilities. WBC again pursues its dedication to decimating democracy.

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