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4,000-seat stadium plan for Gainsborough

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 05, 2009

  • An aerial view of Gainsborough Trinity's current ground, the Northolme

  • Gainsborough Trinity Football Club chairman Peter Swann

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A football club chairman has announced proposals to build a 4,000-seat stadium in a Lincolnshire town.

Gainsborough Trinity Football Club chairman, Peter Swann, has announced that he wants to build a new facility in the grounds of Queen Elizabeth High School in the town's Morton Terrace.

If plans are given the go-ahead the stadium would create up to 20 jobs and include conference and business facilities, as well as a community sports complex.

And if school governors and councillors approve blueprints, the stadium would be constructed on land the school currently uses as a playing field in Belt Lane.

Mr Swann said the stadium could be completed as early as winter 2011 and school pupils would be given access to a purpose-built sports hall, astro surface and 3G football surface at the facility.

"This would not only be a stadium but a complete sports centre based around football, but working with rugby and hockey clubs in the area among others sports," he said.

Mr Swann, who became chairman of Gainsborough Trinity in October last year, said the stadium would be developed to have a "bolt-on" capability of an extra 2,500 seats should the club reach league status.

Three or four floodlit junior pitches, as well as a rugby pitch, would also be constructed and would be available for local people to hire seven days a week.

But Lincolnshire County Council, which owns the land that Mr Swann wants to purchase for the venture, said it was yet to be contacted.

Spokesman John Giblin said: "As the landowner, the county council has not been officially approached by Mr Swann with details of the plans."

For reaction from Queen Elizabeth High School headteacher David Allsop, see Thursday's Echo.

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