Newport Football Club has been told it must leave it’s home ground of St George’s Park by 1st August next year, due to plans by the landlord to build a retail park on the land next to the new ASDA development.
When Newport Football Club went into receivership in 2004, South Coast Leisure Ltd bought St George’s Park and has, for the past 12 years, supported the club by allowing continued use of the ground and facilities at a subsidised cost. However, SCL has now given notice to the 128-year-old club that they must vacate the premises in 2017.
Paul Airey, on behalf of South Coast Leisure, has said:
“In March of this year, SCL proposed an alternative site in Newport, which would have had far reaching benefits to both the club and the wider community, including an all-weather pitch, upgraded facilities and opportunities for use by schools during the day. There would also have been a significant annual income for the club by way of renting the pitch and facilities to other Island clubs during non-match times.
“The club has however indicated that it does not want to support this proposal. We understand that the club currently have more ambitious aspirations for a relocation scheme that could include the provision of up to three pitches.”
South Coast Leisure had previously battled to have the new ASDA store built on their land, however the supermarket giant and the Isle of Wight Council stuck with the original plan of building adjacent to the football ground. Now, SCL want to knock St George’s to the ground and develop a retail park overlooking the new ASDA development.