Grimsby Town's new stadium could be built on Peaks Parkway
COULD Grimsby Town's new stadium be built on Peaks Parkway?
The Grimsby Telegraph has learnt that a council-owned site "abutting but not linked to" the main thoroughfare has been outlined as a potential relocation site for Blundell Park.
The information has been revealed in a document published on North East Lincolnshire Council's website yesterday.
It is understood that the football club, the council and Lincoln-based Simons Developments Limited are exploring the possibility of the site – the exact location of which remains under wraps.
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It was discussed in private at Monday's meeting of the Cabinet in order to grant Simons permission to investigate the proposal.
The decision notes from the meeting say a report, entitled Peaks Parkway Development Opportunity, was given by Councillor Mick Burnett, the authority's portfolio holder for tourism and culture.
Members resolved that the council approve a 12-month exclusivity agreement with Simons, to last until August 1, 2013.
This, according to the report, enables "an exploration by Simons of the commercial viability of the outline proposals" to take place.
It also stated: "Informal discussions to take place between the council, Simons and Grimsby Town Football Club on the details of any development by the council on its retained land and the operational and letting arrangements for any stadium development also on the council's retained land."
Decisions on issues, such as the disposal of land and the "relocation of any allotments", have yet to be made, leading to speculation that the proposed site could be in the vicinity of Oasis Academy Wintringham, which has recently forged links with the football club through its School of Excellence and is adjacent to allotments.
There are large plots of land either side of Peaks Parkway, all of which could easily link up to the main road.
Much of it is farmland but as the road approaches the town centre, it becomes more heavily populated, with the YMCA, St Hugh's Hospital, St Andrew's Hospice and housing on the east side, and the crematorium and Academy on the west.
Speculation has been rife since the plan to build a new stadium, and an associated retail development, at Great Coates was dropped but the club pledged to push ahead with a community stadium in November 2011.
The latest document made it clear that discussions and explorations are moving forward without any commitment on the council, the club or Simons.
Cabinet members have also requested a further report once a "substantive" proposal is received by NELC.
All parties are currently preparing a media statement, which is expected to be released in the next fortnight.
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