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Lancs defends Tesco tie-up on stadium revamp

£21m will not be taken from other public services, claims club

Published on January 12th 2011.


Lancs defends Tesco tie-up on stadium revamp

Lancashire County Cricket Club has defended its decision to team up with Tesco in a bid to redevelop its Old Trafford stadium.

The club has been criticised for agreeing to give the retailer land belonging to Stretford High School to facilitate a £21m investment in the ground.

But the club said the money was coming from Tesco, not the council, and was not being diverted from spending on other public services in Trafford. Part of the joint planning permission to redevelop the ground involves a 155,000 sq ft Tesco store.

A spokesman for LCCC said: “Opponents of the scheme make it appear there is £21m in the council’s coffers which if not directed towards this scheme would be spent on council services elsewhere. This is simply untrue.

“The £21m is the contribution that Tesco is prepared to invest to make the much-needed ground re-development viable. That’s how much the cricket club needs to bring its outdated ground up to scratch and make it fit to host Test and Ashes cricket, with all the benefits that will bring.

“The fact is that the LCCC/Tesco application is a joint one, and one element of the scheme funds the other. Due to spending rules, the money has to be paid to the council, which will then re-invest it in the stadium as a condition of any planning consent approved.

“If this scheme is blocked, residents should be left in no doubt - there will be no £21m to spend elsewhere. If the scheme is rejected it will be a disaster for Trafford. The borough would lose the new stadium and economic benefits and profile it brings. And local people would lose the much-needed jobs and new retail facilities. If this planning application fails, everybody loses.”

A Derwent spokesman said the money raised from the site sale should go back to theschool.

“We question the principle of developing a food store on school playing fields. The playing fields belong to Stretford High School and to future generations,” he said.

“It isn’t in LCCC’s gift to sell the playing fields to Tesco, nor is it appropriate for Trafford councillors to sell school assets for £21m to Tesco without the money going to the school. Tesco is not spending a penny on the cricket ground; Tesco is buying a foodstore site. It is Trafford councillors who have decided to foot the bill at the School’s expense.”

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

GMSJanuary 13th 2011.

Trafford Council' opposition parties arguing for the sake of it. This will be great for the borough and the city! Small concession, large long-term gain. Get on with it.

BAJanuary 13th 2011.

This has been going round in circles for years now. The relevant land has been fenced off from the rest of the school field for nearly 5 years now, and is now just wasteground. Let's get on with the redevelopment!

AnonymousJanuary 13th 2011.

There has in my understanding never been any 'public good' in this deal and never any charitable good either. Both parties are commercial organisations with external environmental costs.

Put The World To RightJanuary 13th 2011.

State of the art cricket ground, New Food Store, hundreds of jobs when Manc City Council just announced 2000 lay off's, regeneration of the area, knock on effect of increased house prices for residents, redevelopment of wasteland. What is people's problem with this ?!?! Get it done, jobs a good un !!

EdwinaJanuary 13th 2011.

'the LCCC/Tesco application is a joint one' I can categorically confirm that there was NO consultation done amongst residents for the Tesco application. This was raised in local residents objections to the application. The Tesco logo wasn't on the invitations nor was the store mentioned in any of the letters sent to residents. This is all in the doucmentation available online with the planning application. As for local benefit, the well regarded Supporter to Reporter Scheme encouraging young people to learn about sports reporting affliated with LCCC has just had it's funding cut. How will this developmnet raise house prices PTWTR? More traffic, more air pollution in one of the worst wards for this in trafford and less green space.

traffordratepayerJanuary 13th 2011.

As always the parties concerned engineer the propaganda with their usual rhetoric of jobs and economic benefits. Fact is all this for a few days per year Ashes/Test Matches assuming they are awarded to Old Trafford which is not for certain. As this article states "an outdated ground" and who is responsible for this situation I suspect LCCC themselves.Trafford are manipulting the rules with Tesco who are out for Tescos long term gain and no-one elses.

Eddy FlintoffJanuary 13th 2011.

The whole thing stinks from top to bottom. What an unholy trinity - Tesco and their unique attitude to the planning process, a vanity project on the part of LCCC to try and prop up a minority sport (game?) with spurious claims of economic benefit and Trafford Council adding another chapter to their Bumper Book Of Dodgy Land Deals.

M30January 14th 2011.

Can we have some perspective on this please? I work in this area, and this part of Stretford/Old Trafford is like downtown Soweto. There are no facilities whatsover. The plans Tesco have submitted will rejuvenate this part of Manchester which has been an eyesore for years. Hooray to Tesco. May it cause the closure of every filthy smelly double-price corner shop selling stale Mothers Pride bread for £2.

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