Bury Town’s Ram Meadow requires a facelift

Bury Town FC Chairman, Russell Ward, at the Ram Meadow ground after a break in ENGANL00120121031105441
Bury Town FC Chairman, Russell Ward, at the Ram Meadow ground after a break in ENGANL00120121031105441

Bury Town Football Club are set to have to leave Ram Meadow in ‘the long-term’ but have had to submit emergency plans to rebuild the clubhouse this summer after it was deemed ‘unfit for purpose’.

A planning application for a revamp of the structure of the dilapidated clubhouse, which will sit in its present location and will not alter the size, was submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council at the end of last week.

But, with the council’s 2031 Vision document having identified Ram Meadow for housing and car parking ahead of the club’s move to a new stadium at Moreton Hall falling through on funding grounds, the club have revealed the work is only part of a ‘short-term’ solution, with the council not altering the future land use in their blueprint document for the area.

The clubhouse work would be subject to funding from both the club and the council, if planning consent is granted at the next development control committee meeting on June 2 (10am).

Bury Town have already contacted the Ryman League for permission to set their first few fixtures away from Ram Meadow, the club’s home since 1978, having previously been based in King’s Road.

Bury’s chief executive, Michelle Banfield-Curran, said: “Bury Town have been made aware our long-term future is not at Ram Meadow.

“At this moment in time we do not know where we are going, but the short-term plan is to get the clubhouse fit for purpose.

“Our medium-term plan is to work with the council to try and find a suitable location to replace Bury Town Football Club - and there is no time scales on that at the minute.

“We have submitted a planning application to rebuild the clubhouse at Ram Meadow over the summer with a cost effective solution for all.

“The club are working very closely with St Edmundsbury Borough Council and sponsors to source some funding.”

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “Ram Meadow is designated for mixed use development under the adopted Vision 2031 local plan.

“We are working with the club to find solutions to help their short-term stability and their longer-term needs, as well as looking for opportunities to further improve other sports provision across the town.”