New stadium approved

13 April 2013 07:42
Corney - "There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are moving in the right direction"

Oldham Council's Planning Committee have finally approved the Latics' application for a new North Stand to replace the former Broadway Stand at Boundary Park. The plans include a three-storey, 2,328 seater stand with 11 executive boxes, a supporters’ bar, corporate facilities and 500-capacity function room and will cost in the region of £11million. Widespread support of the scheme was shown with only one letter of objection. The plans also include a 286 space car park with 26 disabled bays and room for coaches.

Chairman Simon Corney could hardly contain himself and said, "It is very good news and the culmination of a lot of hard by by the council and the football club. We have worked together and, without that, we would not have got where we are today. We are very grateful for their help. Now we have planning consent, we can crack on and get things moving. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are moving in the right direction."

Oldham Councillor, Jim McMahon, said on Wednesday after the decision, “Tonight’s news is fantastic for the Borough and represents a landmark decision after a lengthy process of working incredibly hard alongside Oldham Athletic. All parties wanted to find the right solution here that could deliver a better stadium and, crucially, a facility that can start generating vital new sources of off-the-field revenue to secure the club’s long-term financial future. Latics’ recent heroics in the FA Cup this season were a very timely reminder of their importance and unique ability to put our town on the national map in a positive way. I wish Simon Corney, the club, players and supporters every success in their battle to avoid relegation from League One so that they can all start looking ahead again with renewed confidence for a much brighter future.”

Source: Oldham Athletic Mad