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Welton Rovers reveals plans to replace dilapidated stands

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Welton Rovers acting club chairman Malcolm Price with councillor Steve Plumley in the stands at the ground in West Clewes Picture: Staff photographer Kevin Bates BAKB20130129A-039_C

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Football club Welton Rovers has unveiled plans to replace the club's dilapidated stands.

It wants new structures at its West Clewes ground in time for the next season.

Midsomer Norton Town Council has worked closely with Rovers on a planning application for the new stand which will replace wooden structures which date back to the 1930s.

Added to the age of the structures, two fires in recent years have meant seating had to be removed from one of the stands. They are also remote from the field and do not cater for disabled spectators.

The club plays in the first division of the Toolstation League and says the new facilities will help it with its footballing aspirations.

The new stands simply require a concrete base, with the structure arriving in prefabricated modules which could be expanded as the club grows. They will house 100 seated fans and 105 standing spectators, with space for three wheelchairs.

Acting club chairman Malcolm Price said: "The stands pre-date the Second World War and have seen better days. We have had two fires in the last few year and the structures are vandalised on a regular basis.

"It is a major step forward and will improve the facilities of the complex and hopefully curb the vandalism."

Mr Price said the club hoped for long-term benefits from the improvements.

He added: "We hope that we can become a venue for cup finals for all levels of football in the area."

Councillor Steve Plumley, who represents the council on the Welton Rovers board, said, that finally submitting an application was a great step forward for Midsomer Norton and came after last year's improvements to the car park.

Mr Plumley said: "The club urgently needs a new stand, as in this day and age, supporters are looking for a bit more comfort when they watch a match. Not only will the new structure be easier to maintain but it will also be possible to secure it against vandalism.

"This also fits in with our strategy to enhance facilities at the recreation ground and create a resource to benefit the whole community."

Once planning permission is won, Rovers will be in a position to apply for FA funding to pay for the construction.

Football reports, page 70

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