Cllr John Beesley insists that there is a real will amongst Bournemouth Borough Council to find AFC Bournemouth a suitable location for a new stadium.
On Friday AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake announced that the football club board would not be ‘held to ransom over a price‘ with Dean Court landlords Structadene and due to this and the indication from Bournemouth Borough Council that a greatly increased capacity ground within Kings Park would not be approved, the Cherries will be leaving Dean Court for the first time since 1910.
Their aim is to move into a new ground within the next four years.
In a statement on behalf of the board of directors Blake told afcb.co.uk…
‘…We are working tirelessly to identify a site and it is our ambition that a new stadium would be built in time for the start of the 2020/21 season.’
‘The shareholders want to create a legacy of AFC Bournemouth becoming an established Premier League club in a stadium which is befitting of our status, and we believe that building a new stadium on a new site will allow us to deliver that.
Attention now turns to potential new sites, with speculation on the AFCB Vital forum suggesting a short move across the Wessex Way to Queens Park, or a move to behind Bournemouth Hospital at Wessex Fields.
Cllr John Beesley told the Daily Echo…
‘I have met with chairman, Jeff Mostyn and chief executive, Neill Blake and we want to make every effort to assist them in finding a suitable site, There is a real will to get this done.’
‘It would need to have enough space for other elements to make it work all year round.’
‘The club’s development is very constrained at King’s Park because of residential development and the covenants on the land.
‘There will be a number of issues to look at in any option, including size, access, planning and any potential disruption.
‘We’ll do all we can to facilitate this while at the same time respecting local conditions and residents.’
To read AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake’s full statement visit afcb.co.uk.
now the idea has had time to sink into my thicko brain, the more I am getting annoyed/depressed by the situation. we have a ground that could be expanded, is serviced (or could be) by TWO railway stations, is easily walkable in a large conurbation, has reasonable road links already and is in a fantastic location. the thought of moving to some horrible new ground in the middle of nowhere is horrific. also imaging if/when we should get relegated, and what we are left with is also not a great thought. I hope common sense prevails – but have very little hope it will. – Join the conversation here.
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