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Grimsby Town: Mariners Trust back new stadium

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Grimsby Town’s Mariners Trust have launched an online campaign to generate support for the club’s proposed 14,000 stadium and community leisure complex on Peaks Parkway, the main road through the town. The Mariners Trust explain why fans should back it below…

Relocation to the Peaks Parkway site will ensure sustainability for the Mariners and help to safeguard the club’s long-term future. The proposals have the potential to become a major regeneration project in the local area, attracting substantial inward investment. 

Currently the club is totally reliant on one key shareholder to provide funding just to stay reasonably competitive. It desperately needs to generate seven day-a-week income to be competitive on a breakeven basis.

The current ground was built in 1899 and at that time there was obviously very little traffic to worry about. With all four sides surrounded by housing there is no room to add the facilities that are needed to generate regular income. Traffic and parking is also a major issue.

Although there has been some renovation over the years the main stand is still the original structure. Quite simply, as much as it holds fond memories for a lot of people, Blundell Park is not fit-for-purpose when it comes to hosting modern day football.

The proposed new facility would be a Community Complex, a joint venture with the local council and a key part of the funding will come from retail developments on the site. The land is currently owned by the council and, if approved, the stadium would have “asset of community value” status. Blundell Park would be sold for housing development. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asset_of_Community_Value

We’re calling on fans of all clubs to get behind the Peaks Parkway project and help secure the club’s future for generations to come. Many fans of other teams will be fortunate enough to understand what a project like this can do, not only for the football club, but for the town in general. Please pass this on to as many people as possible and ask them to help. 

How EVERYONE can help: 

  • Simply visit www.gtfccommunitystadium.co.uk and sign the e-petition pledging your support for a Community Stadium and Leisure Complex at Peaks Parkway.
  • But don’t just stop when you’ve signed it: ask your family and friends to do the same!

Thank you for your help.

The FSF blog is the space to challenge perceived wisdom, entertain readers and inform our members. The views expressed are those of the author and they don’t necessarily represent FSF policy and (pay attention journalists) shouldn’t be attributed to the FSF.

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