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City set to submit plans for new stadium

Gloucester City Football Club will submit a planning application for a new stadium to be based at former ground Meadow Park within the next two weeks.

The Blue Square Bet North club has been without its own ground since flooding in 2007 meant a £100,000 bill with the club opting to play elsewhere including a season at Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn, two seasons at Cirencester Town’s Corinium Stadium and the current season at Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road. 

City chairman Nigel Hughes said:  "After almost four years of uncertainty about the club’s future, and having to play our fixtures away from our city, I am delighted at this news.

"I am especially pleased for our supporters, who have throughout this very difficult time, been wonderfully supportive and extremely patient with us. There is still much work to be done but this gives us all a big lift and is something to work towards."

Gloucester spokesman Mike Dunstan added:  "After a lot of hard work the clubs application will be submitted during the week commencing February 28th.  This is fantastic news not just because it’s the next step in the journey to bring the club back to the city, but also because we believe the scheme will bring significant benefits to our immediate neighbours and to the wider community, something that has been important to us as we have moved towards this point."

"We have regularly communicated with residents and can say that this flood defence proposal will give substantial and significant benefits to the Residents and Businesses of the Sudmeadow area."

Despite being without a permanent stadium since 2007, City successfully achieved promotion to the Blue Square Bet North last season.

 

Scott Hobro

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