Oldham Athletic Football Club look set to press on with a new stadium after being given another green light by Oldham Council.

The Latics received written confirmation from the Charity Commission that land in Failsworth is held on charitable trust giving a real boost to their plans.

Alan Hardy, Oldham Athletic Chief Executive said: "The club is pleased that the Charity Commission has made the ruling to register this land as a charitable trust.

"We are hopeful that Oldham Council can now reach agreement with local residents for a suitable alternative site and we now have some important meetings ourselves with the council to make progress with our stadium plans.

"The stadium development is vital to the long-term future of Oldham Athletic."

The Commission has been reviewing evidence produced by the Council concerning land to the North of the Lancaster Club, Failsworth, including the former Lower Memorial Park area.

Officers formally wrote to request that an application be processed to register this land as a charitable trust and this proposal has now been accepted.

The Council is consulting the public for its views on whether the charitable status should be retained on that land or whether the original intentions of the gift - to provide a recreational ground - would be more appropriate being transferred to an alternative site which is fit for purpose.

Officers have identified six potential replacement sites if a transfer is in the best interests of the trust.

Councillor John McCann, cabinet member for regeneration and environment, said: "This is welcome news from the Charity Commission and we are pleased they have agreed to Oldham Council's request to register this plot of land as a charitable trust."

"This means our current public consultation is now all the more important - and I would urge residents to go along, have a look at the six proposed sites, and give us their opinions."


Posted on 18/06/2010