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Proposed stadium at Movilla
Plans for the club’s proposed new stadium at Movilla High School have been presented
to fans and other interested parties as part of the first phase of public consultation.
Shareholders at the club’s Annual General Meeting last week were given an overview
of the the scheme’s status by chairman Brian Adams. Mr Adams noted that there had
been several unsuccessful attempts to bring the club home in recent years which had
all fallen for various reasons.
Regarding Movilla, Mr Adams explained that the school would have daily access to
the new facilities and that discussions with school governors had been positive,
hence the club were now ready to bring the plans to the public.
The proposal, he explained, would be for a modest, compact stadium with a capacity
of 2000 people. The Premiership standard ground would incorporate a 3G pitch, floodlighting
and spectator stands and have parking for 60 cars. No social club is planned for
the site. A 25 year lease on the site had been proposed and the project had been
costed at £950 000, of which the club would expect to finance 20% and grant funding
would be sought for the remainder.
A period of public engagement by the club is now underway which has included advisory
letters to residents in the immediate vicinity and a public meeting that was held
on 26th May in the British Legion halls.
Anyone who wishes to comment on the proposals or obtain further information is asked
to do so via the project planners Hamilton Architects, 3 Joy Street, Belfast, BT2
8LE. Please note that as no planning application has been submitted, comments should
NOT be sent to Ards & North Down Borough Council.