Football club apply for 300 seater stand as part of bid for promotion

The success story of Blyth Town Football Club could progress to another chapter as they look to secure planning permission to erect a 300-seat stand.

The club, one of the favourites to secure promotion to the Northern League from the Northern Alliance at the end of the current season, has submitted an application to build a new spectator stand along with reconfiguration of football pitches, new flood lighting and perimeter fencing at their ground at South Newsham Pavillion.

Town are sitting second in the Northern Alliance premier division, just two points behind leaders Walker Central with two games in hand.

And now the club, who last year won £150,000 in a Budweiser campaign to make improvements to their facilities, will seek a further £100,000 assistance in order to make their dream a reality.

Club chairwoman Sandra Orr said: “Our men’s first team are looking favourites to win the Northern Alliance premier league.

“If that happens, they are eligible for promotion into Northern League division two.

“However, to be able to take promotion, our ground would have to meet a certain criteria and we will require fencing, floodlights, hard standing and a stand.

“The stadia improvement section of the Football Foundation has indicated its support for the improvements and to that end we will apply for £100,000 assistance, hence the planning application.

“The improvements will be in addition to the extension of our clubhouse, by way of a large function room, and the extension and resurfacing to 3G of our floodlit training area, which, of course, will be paid for by the £150,000 we won from the Budweiser campaign.

“This is another massive investment into community facilities for Blyth by our club – we continue to endeavour to build something special for the people of our town, especially our young people, it is time we had something to be proud of and to ‘show off’.”

The application has raised concerns over parking.

Chairman of the planning committee for Blyth Town Council, Gordon Knox, said: “The application came before the town council during a meeting and the view of the committee was that while we are not formally objecting the proposal, we do not consider it has sufficient proposals for parking.

“I am supportive of any improvements to recreational activities, but I am mindful of parking and people in the community will not be happy if inadequate parking is provided for the amount of cars expected for a 300 seater stand.”

It’s hoped a decision on the application will be made in March.