Ground for improvement

A £150,000 revamp could be on the cards for a football ground. Stevenage Boro Football Club has applied for planning permission to demolish two portable buildings at their Broadhall Way ground which between them currently house catering facilities, toilet

A £150,000 revamp could be on the cards for a football ground.

Stevenage Boro Football Club has applied for planning permission to demolish two portable buildings at their Broadhall Way ground which between them currently house catering facilities, toilets and a stewards' room.

Club chief executive Bob Makin said that the buildings have been there for 20 years and are in a bad condition with leaking roofs and rotting floorboards.

Both buildings, in the north east corner of the ground where the old social club once stood, would be demolished.


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In their place, a new tea bar and a purpose-built building to carry out the same functions as the old buildings would be erected.

As part of the application, the club has also applied for permission to install four replacement 25 metre high floodlights.

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Mr Makin said the cost of the work would be in the region of £150,000.

The club has applied for funding for the redevelopment from the Football Foundation.

Mr Makin added: "We are just hoping we get planning permission. We're fairly confident that it will be granted because toilets are a requirement.

"It's quite dangerous at the moment with rotting floorboards and gaping holes in the ceiling."

The period for public consultation into the planning application finished last week.

A decision is due before February 12.

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