Thursday, 23 February 2012

Rossendale United - Public Consultation

MAZE has launched a public consultation exercise to help shape development proposed at the former home of Rossendale United Football Club in the Newchurch area of Rossendale Borough.

Rossendale United ceased to be an active football club at the end of the 2009/10 season. Significant debts had amassed and the consequent inability to pay the day-to-day bills led to expulsion from the Vodkat League.

The Club's pitch and associated facilities at Dark Lane have become a target for vandalism and anti-social behaviour. On 15 January this year the main stand was devastated in an arson attack. 

It has become increasingly urgent and important to identify a positive future for the ground to prevent it becoming a serious blight on the local community, and to remove the risks and dangers of a repeat of the recent fire.

The consultation exercise seeks to do that by encouraging the local community and other interest groups to get involved.  The consultation was launched on 14 February and runs until the 7th March 2012.  It asks for feedback on a proposed family housing development of about 50 units, together with ideas for an associated 'sporting legacy'.

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