Football stadium plans revised

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DEVELOPERS have revised plans for a new £2million community football project in Bury St Edmunds following opposition from local residents.

After speaking with the Moreton Hall Residents’ Association, the plans, developed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Suffolk FA and the Football Foundation, have been redrawn to address issues with parking and access.

The project, submitted in November, will provide a new home for Bury Town Football Club and will include a 500-seat stadium, two artificial floodlit pitches, two mini-training pitches and a new clubhouse.

Howard Cook, project manager for the scheme, said: “This has been a community football project from the beginning and would not be progressing if it were not.

“When we carried out our consultation the residents’ association had certain concerns about the project and the council has listened.

“We were asked to change certain things and we have.”

Trevor Beckwith, borough councillor for Moreton Hall, said the changes were a triumph for the residents’ association.

He said: “We have got to get the right balance.

“There are mixed views about the project and there are people who are still against it.

“But providing all the measures are put in place and everything goes OK, people will come round to it.

“It is a bit of a triumph for the residents’ association.”

Chris Walsh, county development manager for Suffolk FA, said: “It is a £2million community development project that will include the relocation of Bury Town Football Club.

“The two mini, two junior and the full-size football pitch will also service the community, for example Moreton Hall Football Club.

“The new football development will be the hub of football in West Suffolk for years to come.”