|What does this mean for the club ?|
It enables the developer to prepare a firm timetable for construction to begin and for a completion date to be formulated. The Club are awaiting the developers to come to the table and discuss the timetable and the scope of the works.
Commencement date: We have not been informed of a start date for work although it is rumoured that the first week of October is being considered. What we do know is that planning conditions limit heavy construction between September and March so the developer will be under pressure to begin as soon as possible.
The club will be working flat out to achieve the most from the developer and to ensure the new ground will comply with Premier League Requirements. ( It has to or we will not be allowed to play there ). Grants will now be sought to upgrade the stadium.
To clarify a number of points that have been raised by supporters I make the following comments:
The new ground is being built for the Council not the club. Any building work will be on behalf of the Council and they will have the building contract with the developer.
The Club will become tenants of the new ground and the Council have agreed in principle to a lease of 25 years. On behalf of the club I have requested a draft lease to be drawn up as soon as possible.
Decisions on how the ground will be run and maintained will be formulated during the construction period.
There are many issues to be resolved regarding the development to meet Welsh Premier League requirements and this will be the main aim over the next few weeks.
The club are still considering the possibility of installing an artificial grass pitch, NOT ASTROTURF. Usability, cost of maintenance and meeting FIFA guidelines will all need to be considered.
Licensing Officer Bangor City F C
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