Football could return to Newbury site after four years without a home
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Football could return to Newbury after an absence of almost four years.
The club has imagined a project to redevelop its old house and return sport to the city center.
He was forced to vacate the grounds of Faraday Road in 2018 to make way for a major redevelopment program of the Newbury industrial estate, which would include apartments.
Without a permanent home, Newbury FC’s training and games have moved to various locations.
Lee McDougall of Newbury Community Football Group said: “Faraday Road is the heart of football in Newbury. It’s been around for 100 years, and it’s much better to have a soccer field right in the middle of your town, than to have somewhere, you know, in the sticks where you have to take a bus or a drive. “
“What we are really campaigning for is the replacement or redevelopment of this facility.
“Now, whether it’s here or anywhere else in Newbury, you know we’re not limited by that.
“What we really want is to make sure that we have a facility that we deserve and that matches three and a half years ago.”
West Berkshire council want to move all football supplies to Monks Road Rugby Club, about two miles away, which they want to turn into a sports center.
The Sports Hub would include an artificial turf pitch, stadium and floodlights.
Curator Cllr Howard Woollaston said: “We are installing a 3G artificial pitch that can be played up to 80 times a week – the old grass field on Faraday Road could be played four, maximum six times a week. the density or intensity that you can put into this site is phenomenally better.
“We want to make sure we get the football in Newbury as soon as possible and getting a planning deal for the entire London Road industrial area will probably take at least a year to eighteen months.
“And we can have this facility up and running by July of next year at the latest.
“It will be a fantastic facility that we are going to be very proud of as a city and as a district.”
The football club’s plan to redevelop the site still requires planning permission, but it was recommended by planning officials for approval at a meeting on Wednesday (November 23).
However, the West Berkshire Council has said the long-term goal is for all football benefits to flow to its new sports center at Monks Lane.