The club is aware of recent statements made by Oldham Rugby League Football Club 1997 regarding the involvement of AVRO FC in a proposed redevelopment of WhitebankStadium, Limehurst Village.
Whilst we feel it would have been appropriate for an official announcement to have been made by AVRO FC and Oldham Rugby upon a planning application being submitted and validated by the Planning Authority, in view of the recent media reports regarding Oldham Rugby and the increasing media interest that has ensued, the club would like to take the opportunity of outlining its position.
As such, AVRO FC can confirm that for a number of months the club have been having positive discussions with Oldham Council which is expected to culminate in a planning application being submitted in respect to Whitebank Stadium in the forthcoming days. It is envisaged that the planning application will seek consent for levelling and upgrading the main pitch into a new artificial grass surface. In additional to a range of ancillary work, an area of land to the North of the existing social club would also be upgraded to form an additional grass, training pitch.
The works planned by the Council would replace those intended to be carried out at Higher Lime, Limehurst Village which will no longer be used by AVRO FC. It is therefore expected that Whitebank Stadium would be sufficient to accommodate the clubs current and future needs. In considering its options, AVRO FC have worked closely with both the Football Association and the North West Counties league representatives who are supportive of the proposals and have further confirmed that, the move will enable AVRO FC to apply for promotion into Step 6 of the football pyramid and fulfil the clubs ambitions detailed in its development plan.
AVRO FC can also confirm that whilst Oldham Rugby havesurrendered their lease, all parties are committed to working alongside one another and it is expected that Oldham Rugby will continue to operate from Whitebank Stadium in some capacity. As the league status of the club has only just been confirmed, the full extent of this occupation can now begin to be addressed and captured in the various legal documents.
Both AVRO FC, the Council and Oldham Rugby are also continuing to hold discussions with various funding bodiesand it is expected that further positive announcements, to coincide with further planning applications will be released in due course.
AVRO FC Chairman, Mr Robert Fuller said, “The discussions are a culmination of several months of discussions and hard work by all parties. The proposed move will help AVRO FC progress and provide a genuine route for players from as young as 4 years old to progress right through to Step 6 football. All parties are similarly committed to making Whitebank Stadium the best that it can be and the current planning application is hoped to be the first of many that will see a sizeable investment being made in the area. Along with local residents, AVRO FC are looking forward to making the stadium a real community hub, working with Oldham Rugby and other sporting organisations that currently operate in the area. Further discussions are expected to take place with other stakeholders from Limehurst Village and the wider area and it is hoped that once constructed, the stadium will become a community asset that is valued by residents in the neighbourhood. If the initial planning application is approved, it is hoped that works will commence immediately, with the artificial pitch operation from early 2017. AVRO FC will continue to operate from the Lancaster Club site until this time.”
No further announcements or comments would be made by AVRO FC until such time whereby the initial planning application has been determined .
Updated 08:13 - 13 Sep 2016 by rob fuller