Residents hit out at 3,000 capacity stadium plans

An artist's impression of the new Cheshire FA headquarters and 3,000 capacity stadium. Credit: Stuart Manifould

Residents of Winsford, Cheshire are angered over a new multi million pound training centre announced by the FA.

The centre, which has been dubbed the new St Georges Park by developers, is expected to cost £30m and will host a 3,000 capacity football stadium, a centre of excellence for women’s football, a spa and an outdoor adventure course.

Only this past week Cheshire West and Chester Council has given the green light to survey the ground, with work expected to begin in October and scheduled to last for two weeks.

However, some residents are unhappy with the proposed site claiming that it will clog up traffic along the road of the proposed area, the Knights Grange area of Winsford, which has suffered problems with congestion in the past.

On a Facebook forum discussing the plans, resident Demi-Lee Egerton, 43, feels that jobs could be created from the facility but that it will affect the local area and wildlife.

She said: “I don’t want to look out the window and see a view, which has been stunning for the past 16 years, be replaced by 600 parking spaces.”

Fellow resident Karen Roebuck, 36, said: “We live just off Grange Lane and would love to support this venture, but the traffic is crazy at peak times right now.

“The road narrows towards Knights Grange and there is parking on the road where residents currently park, it will be difficult.”

Project director Stuart Manifould has urged residents to have a little more patience with the plans, saying: “I would ask that the community bear with us a little longer while we undertake this vital survey and as soon as the results are shared with us, we will be able to disclose the information to the community.

“We will do everything in our power to avoid disruption to the local community.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Louise Gittins urged residents to get behind the project saying: “It will be a great asset to the community and support the council’s efforts to improve health and wellbeing of our residents of all ages.”