Neighbours who are backing FC United’s proposed move to Moston say it would be ‘fantastic’ for their community.
The breakaway club, formed in 2005, have set their sights on building a 5,000-capacity home on the site of the Ronald Johnson playing fields close to St Mary’s Road.
Club bosses say the plans are for ‘more than a stadium’ and believe the facility will benefit people living nearby.
Some residents have launched a protest at the plans. But others say that they will welcome the club with open arms.
They believe that if the £3.5m project goes ahead it will take youngsters off the streets and provide much-needed sports facilities.
Jack Williamson, 20, of Horncastle Road, said: "There is absolutely nothing here for kids to do. If the stadium comes it should be welcomed because it would bring something to the area that we have not got."
Kathy Crotty, 50, of St Mary’s Road, said: "I think it will be great for us. As a ward I think we have some of the worst health statistics in the country. I think this can only help."
Lisa Roddy, 44, of Bluestone Road, said: "FC United do a lot of work with kids and it’s something Moston desperately needs." Rob Ayre, 40, from New Moston, said: "A £3.5m investment in Moston’s future is very welcome. It will give Moston it’s heart back."
Opponents of the plans criticise the choice of a greenfield site which was gifted to the public under a covenant which barred development.
Others fear house prices will fall and claimed they would be forced to pay to park outside their own homes on match days
But Andy Walsh, FC United’s general manager, said a report carried out by the Cass economic group said that house prices actually rose when stadiums were built in residential areas. He added that there were no plans for a parking scheme in the proposals.
The M.E.N. can reveal that the application, which includes facilities for current leaseholders Moston Juniors, will be lodged in July. FC have raised £1.7m towards the project.
June 24, 2011