By Ian Dipple Wednesday 30 October 2013 Updated: 01/11 07:23
THE PUBLIC will be asked for their views on the future of Redditch United as the row over plans to relocate the club continues.
Consultation on the proposed move to a £3.3million stadium in Washford has been ordered by members of the controlling Labour group on Redditch Borough Council.
Details will be announced in the coming days and it is likely to include a public meeting.
The Standard reported last week how the council had rejected the move because the financial risk involved was too great.
Although councillors remain concerned about the scheme they want to ensure all possibilities for the club are explored.
Coun Debbie Taylor, who represents Central Ward which includes the club's current Valley Stadium home and is a member of the ruling Labour group, said: "We are currently struggling against a hostile financial situation which is set to deepen over the next few years as a result of deep cuts in Government spending.
"Against this backdrop I feel it would be reckless to take on a project where returns for the council are far from guaranteed and indeed based on the advice from our own officers on current land values for the site it is likely to cost the council money.
"I want to see football in Redditch thriving and this will only succeed by working in partnership with a fully supported and viable Redditch United supported by the Redditch community."
Club chairman Chris Swan has also accepted an offer to present the proposals to the council's overview and scrutiny committee in December.
Committee chairman Coun David Bush said: "I saw the articles in the Standard and understood his argument. I want to improve Redditch as much as possible and if there's an opportunity for the council to do this we should ensure we have covered every base."
Mr Swan has also written to the council to counter concerns raised about the project including the upfront costs involved which he said developers had indicated they would pay for.
"The council has raised a number of issues, that I have no doubt we can work through together in order to ensure that this wonderful proposed facility for the town can become a reality," he said.
"This is all about coming up with a scheme that will benefit the maximum number of people in the community."
A petition urging the council to rethink its decision has already been backed by close to 1,000 people.
Visit www.redditchutdfc.co.uk to sign the petition.
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