East Thurrock United FC to buy ground from council

East Thurrock United's current ground, Rookery Hill.

East Thurrock United's current ground, Rookery Hill.

First published in News

EAST Thurrock United’s dreams of building a new home in Stanford-le-Hope moved a step closer when Thurrock Council agreed to sell it the proposed site.

The Billet Field will be sold to the football club for £340,000, providing the club gets planning permission to build a stadium on the site and wins approval to build homes on its current Rookery Hill ground, in Corringham.

As part of the deal, the club will also take on neighbouring land known as the Mobil Field and maintain it for community use.

Labour councillor Philip Smith said the prospect of another top facility being built in the borough was “exciting”, and would bring long-term health benefits to those who used it.

He added: “Football is a sport with one of the highest numbers of participants in Thurrock. Obesity is an issue in the borough, so if we can get people running around a field, this has to be good.”

A spokesman for the club said: “We will be continuing to develop our plans for the site and hope to be in a position to submit a planning application shortly. We will also be sharing those plans with the local community.”

The plans follow Aveley FC being granted permission to build a community stadium at Belhus Park. The move will see the club move from its current home at Mill Field and the construction of 114 homes in its place.

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2:03pm Fri 18 Apr 14

coddy says...

Another bad planning decision from this lousy planning committe. Wonder how much of a backhander they took.
Another bad planning decision from this lousy planning committe. Wonder how much of a backhander they took. coddy
  • Score: 9

2:04pm Fri 18 Apr 14

coddy says...

And once again no consideration given to the local people
And once again no consideration given to the local people coddy
  • Score: 8

2:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

d_2da_ougle says...

in view of what facilties they are building i would normaly be in favour of both these devolpments however due to the slap ash nature of other applications and how many houses they have built recently its just miles to much
in view of what facilties they are building i would normaly be in favour of both these devolpments however due to the slap ash nature of other applications and how many houses they have built recently its just miles to much d_2da_ougle
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ed Woods says...

This what happens when you make the Leader of the Council the President of your football club.
This what happens when you make the Leader of the Council the President of your football club. Ed Woods
  • Score: 5

9:11pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Jb66 says...

Ed Woods wrote:
This what happens when you make the Leader of the Council the President of your football club.
And the man overseeing the move is a former secretary to the Club and father of one of the planning committee. This stinks to
high heaven. Mate's rates.
[quote][p][bold]Ed Woods[/bold] wrote: This what happens when you make the Leader of the Council the President of your football club.[/p][/quote]And the man overseeing the move is a former secretary to the Club and father of one of the planning committee. This stinks to high heaven. Mate's rates. Jb66
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Jb66 says...

Don't ever vote labour this council won't be satisfied u til it concretes over Thurrock. How long will it be before they sell the Mobil field on?
Don't ever vote labour this council won't be satisfied u til it concretes over Thurrock. How long will it be before they sell the Mobil field on? Jb66
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

poortaxpayer says...

This stinks. There is something rotten at the heart of Thurrock Council.
This stinks. There is something rotten at the heart of Thurrock Council. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

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