Bury Town ground back on track

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Bury Town could have a new home on Moreton Hall by the start of the 2016/17 season, as part of plans to tie it in with a proposed new high school.

The initial community football project — which would not just provide a new 
stadium for the Blues, but cater for players of all ages and abilities, both men and women — fell through in September after tenders came in £1 million over the £2.5 million budget.

However, the scheme is back on track and a St Edmundsbury Borough Council spokesman confirmed that new plans could be submitted with the school proposals this autumn.

Bury Town chairman Russell Ward: “Anything that gives the project a chance of going ahead is great.

“As long as the facilities aren’t disadvantaged by being on the same site as the school then we would be very happy to go ahead and be a part of it.”

Ward added that rough diagrams of the proposed new project looked good and he is now eagerly anticipating seeing the detailed plans.

A council spokesman said: “St Edmundsbury Borough Council is working with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk FA and Bury Town FC on the option of providing a community football project as part of the new school to be built on Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

“It is hoped that those discussions may lead to the community football project being incorporated into a planning application for the school.

“It is anticipated that any application for the school will be submitted in the autumn and determined either late in the year, or very early next year. The school will then be built to open in September 2016.”