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We must talk about Worcester City's ground plans, says politician
FEARS have been expressed that a new Worcester City stadium at Perdiswell could worsen traffic chaos for residents - and result in the loss of treasured green space.
A Conservative city politician has stuck his neck out by saying people living in and around the proposed development “must have a say” before it gets the nod.
Councillor Mike Whitehouse, who represents Claines, says he has been contacted by householders in recent months who are worried about the impact it could have on the environment.
Worcester City Supporters’ Trust is preparing a planning application for a 4,100 capacity ground next to the existing leisure centre in Bilford Road.
It would include a full-sized, all-weather floodlit pitch for community use and if accepted, campaigners say they will look to raise cash for it.
Coun Whitehouse said: “Since this was first mooted people have been contacting me about it with concerns.
“People are worried about traffic in the area already, there are issues in Bilford Road because of Perdiswell (Primary) School and this will add to that.
“And of course it’s just the loss of yet another bit of green space for the community, dog walkers use it.
“I am not anti-football club at all, but if it is the case that we are going to get this we must make sure the right things are done to alleviate any potential issues.”
The Tory also raised the issue at a full council meeting on Tuesday, where he said it was vital “the people of Claines and St Stephens” are consulted first.
It led to a response from Councillor Adrian Gregson, city council leader, who wants the football club to return home. Coun Gregson said: “The planning committee will make a decision on the usual, legal consultative requirements.”
He also told the meeting planners would carry on talking to the supporters trust and the club itself about the way forward.
Worcester City are currently playing their home games at Kidderminster’s Aggborough stadium after leaving St George’s Lane back in April.
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