Football club bids for new stadium complex

Aveley Football Club's plans for a new ground

Aveley Football Club's plans for a new ground

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AVELEY Football Club have unveiled exciting proposals for a new community-centred stadium.

Located in Belhus Park, the ground will feature a 3G all-weather pitch overlooked by a modern stand and clubhouse, with one full-sized and floodlit training pitch and two junior pitches for the club’s 17 youth sides.

The ground will be for use by the whole community, including other football clubs.

It is hoped the plans will be lodged with Thurrock Council’s planning committee in the next couple of weeks and it is hoped the ground can be completed in time for the start of the 2015/2016 season.

The work will be funded by the sale of the club’s current home ground, Mill Field, in Mill Road, Aveley.

Craig Johnson, club secretary, said: “We are excited about these plans. There’s a good buzz.

“The manager and players have seen them and were pleased. But I won’t get too excited until the council give it the go-ahead.”

Last season’s wet winter period caused several of the club’s home games to be postponed, causing a backlog of fixtures.

But by installing an all-weather, articficial turf pitch that problem could be avoided.

The key aim, however, is to enable community use all year round.

The stadium proposals are being developed by the club with Sports Solutions and Elev8 and at this stage, they are just proposals rather than set-in-stone plans.

Mr Johnson said: “No set date is fixed for planning, but we hope to go to them shortly.

“The move will be funded by the sale of Mill Field. We’ve got developers queuing up to buy the ground and have had for years.

“It’s never been a question of selling it. The issue has been finding a location.”

The four pitches and swanky new clubhouse, which will have “all the mod-cons”, will be located on part of Belhus Park, a stone’s throw from the club’s current ground.

The entrance will be just before waste land off the Aveley bypass.

Mr Johnson added: “The ground will be built and ready before we move out of Mill Field. This is about sustainabilty.

“It secures Aveley Football Club’s life in the long and medium term, as opposed to us having to constantly repair Mill Field. It will provide us with a base going forward.”

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8:23am Fri 2 Aug 13

d_2da_ougle says...

r u having a laugh belhus is green belt
r u having a laugh belhus is green belt d_2da_ougle
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1:44pm Fri 2 Aug 13

DannyButcher says...

So basically Aveley is losing huge amounts of green space over the next five years. Selling the old club to be developed, then building on green areas is unacceptable, considering the amount of development already agreed for the area.

Aveley is already turning into a building site and with this, there is no let up in sight.
So basically Aveley is losing huge amounts of green space over the next five years. Selling the old club to be developed, then building on green areas is unacceptable, considering the amount of development already agreed for the area. Aveley is already turning into a building site and with this, there is no let up in sight. DannyButcher
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10:08pm Sun 4 Aug 13

Playing Fields Needed says...

Nice picture, doesn't show all the new housing that will be on the other side of the road though. With another major new sports complex involving a club house and flood light sports pitches being built behind the Ockendon Academy, do we really need more pitches being built less than a mile away? At the present time the community are free to use Belhus Park as they wish. Will the community use of the new pitches allow me to walk my dog there, even if I have to pay? I doubt it. Will they still want the model plane club to fly their planes on the waste land on match days. I doubt it. Goodbye the open spaces of Aveley.
Nice picture, doesn't show all the new housing that will be on the other side of the road though. With another major new sports complex involving a club house and flood light sports pitches being built behind the Ockendon Academy, do we really need more pitches being built less than a mile away? At the present time the community are free to use Belhus Park as they wish. Will the community use of the new pitches allow me to walk my dog there, even if I have to pay? I doubt it. Will they still want the model plane club to fly their planes on the waste land on match days. I doubt it. Goodbye the open spaces of Aveley. Playing Fields Needed
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