FC United consults over Moston stadium

FC United of Manchester is to hold consultation sessions later in June presenting its plans to develop a community facility and sports stadium in Moston.

The sessions have been organised by FC United and club representatives will be there, together with Moston Juniors Football Club, to explain the plans and answer questions. Representatives from Manchester City Council will also be there to answer questions and explain the council's processes.

FC United general manager Andy Walsh said: "These sessions are part of our ongoing consultation with the Moston community about our plans, aimed at giving as many people as possible the opportunity to put their views directly to us and Moston Juniors Football Club.

"We want as many people as possible to come along and tell us what they would like included in our plans for what would be a community facility. Equally this is not a done deal so we want to hear any concerns so we can take these into consideration as we develop our proposals.

"We will be working closely with the council to keep the community informed as our consultation progresses."

FC United's proposals for the development include a 5,000 capacity stadium, community changing facilities and classroom, a function space open for public bookings, two additional community pitches and landscaped public areas. The development represents around £3.5m of investment in Moston.

Earlier plans for a new stadium in Ten Acres Lane in Newton Heath, owned by Manchester City Council, were abandoned when the council withdrew funding.

The Moston sessions will be held as follows:

Moston Methodist Church, Moston Lane, Tuesday 21 June, 6pm – 8pm

Moston Labour Club, Moston Lane, Wednesday 22 June, 6pm – 8pm

North City Library, Rochdale Road, Wednesday 29 June, 6pm – 8pm

Miners Community & Arts Centre, Teddington Road, Thursday 30 June, 6pm – 8pm

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This will be a fantastic community resource by the sound of it. Let’s hope it goes ahead and isn’t scuppered by a small minority (and I’m a City fan!)

By Mr D Williams

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By Ed