CARLISLE REMAIN IN HUNT

Carlisle United remain in the hunt for a new stadium and want another round of talks with the local council.

The npower League 1 club has written to council chief executive Jason Gooding and leader Joe Hendry asking whether officials will assist them in taking their plans for a new ground forward.

The Cumbrians have ambitions to depart their current Brunton Park stadium, which they have called home since 1909, in favour of a 12,000-seater venue at Kingmoor Park.

The move is unlikely to go ahead, though, unless an 'enabling development' is given the green light.

The chances of the development, which is possibly a retail scheme, given the go-ahead could depend on a report into the amount of retail space needed in the local area, which has been produced by planning consultants for the local authority.

And the football club are keen to get their hands on the document to see where they stand with regards to their stadium switch.

In a statement, the club said: “The letters requested sight of the report which was alluded to by council officers at a meeting in September which indicated that an enabling development for non-food retailing greater than 200,000sq ft would have little or no chance of success.

“The letters further stated that we hope councillors will continue to support the project because club directors are conscious they must provide fans with better facilities, and provide a venue to play football at the highest level, which the citizens of the city and Cumbria can be proud of.

“We would, of course, welcome a further meeting to explain our intended path of travel and to discuss ways in which all parties can engage in a positive way as we progress our thinking and ambitions, not only for the club but for the city.

“The club remains committed to full transparency with our fans and supporters and we now await a response before we take our next step.”

Posted on 26/10/2012