ST ALBANS CONSIDER STADIUM PLAN

St Albans City Football Club are considering plans for a new 5,000-seater stadium.

A proposal, which includes conference facilities, 150 houses, all-weather training pitches and a stadium, is being considered by the English Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division side.

The Saints' current home, Clarence Park, is leased from the council but development restrictions due to a preservation order have led the club to contemplate a move. 

Concerns have been raised about the proposed area's infrastructure - it is set to be built near Nicholas Breakspear School, Colney Heath.

The football club's plan, which has not yet been designed or lodged with the council, is for landfill green-belt land, north of Colney Heath Lane, adjacent to the Alban Way.

Co-owner John McGowan said the club was at the "preliminary consultative stage", and was "putting feelers out" to see what the public and the council thought.

"Generally we have had a very good response but there is a long way to go," he said.

"We are motivated to do it but we have got to get it right and keep everyone happy.

"But we are doing it to move upwards, move up the league and develop the club, plus we also need training facilities."

County councillor Chris Brazier said he was concerned the project's funding seemed to be dependent on conferences and building new houses that Colney Heath did not have the infrastructure to deal with.

"Where will they build them and what are they going to do to support [the development]?" He said.

"For the fans of the club it is a good idea but in the wrong place, residents will feel overwhelmed."

Posted on 28/01/2013