Work begins on stand and clubhouse facility

An artist's impression of Ashington Community Football Club.
An artist's impression of Ashington Community Football Club.
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Work has begun on building a new 250-seated stand at a local football club.

The development of new facilities at Ashington Community Football Club (ACFC) will see the creation of a new stand and clubhouse with hospitality facilities.

Development group Arch is supporting the work, which will be revenue- generating while encouraging greater community involvement and ownership, and it forms part of the overall renewal of the Ashington town centre and Hirst Investment Plan, where Arch is a major landlord.

It is expected that the new facilities will open to the public in November 2015.

Arch is leading the delivery of a ten-year plan that will invest around £74m and is expected to bring more than 1,000 high-quality jobs to the heart of Ashington and transform the town centre’s physical environment.

Arch said the investment plan will facilitate the physical elements of Northumberland County Council’s wider vision for a healthier and more prosperous Ashington, putting vital local institutions like ACFC on a sustainable long-term footing.

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck and chairman of the club, said: “The Ashington Football Club is a major step for the investment project and we are excited about turning the plans into reality.

“The new development is another phase of the plan to regenerate and revitalise Ashington town centre and provide superb new football facilities and activities for local people.”

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of council and chairman of Arch, added: “We want to have a prosperous county with sustainable economic growth – one where our local institutions can thrive.”

“The ACFC development is set to provide some fantastic new facilities and encourage greater community involvement.”