Developments at Park Avenue stumble

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THE DEVELOPMENTS for Park Avenue, the home of Aberystwyth Town F.C., have reached a stumbling block as amended plans for the vast redevelopment have been recommended for refusal by Ceredigion County Council planners.

In February last year, club chairman Tony Bates announced plans for £13million of investment, which would include a new main stand to hold 500 people, a new clubhouse, a youth centre, 80 flats to be built behind the new stand, and the relaying of the playing surface, placing a new 3G pitch at Park Avenue. In February, Bates noted:

“Although there are a number of hurdles yet to be overcome, both Tai Ceredigion and Aberystwyth Town Football Club are committed to making this exciting scheme work”

But now it seems that the county council are not fully on board with the plans to revitalise not only sport facilities in the town but also the building of vital homes. The proposed facilities would rival current University sporting facilities, as the University’s 3G is less than half the size of the proposed full-UEFA regulation sized pitch at Coedlan y Parc.

The amended plans for Park Avenue will no longer include a youth centre and wider improvements to the ground. Ceredigion councillors have voted to pay an official to Park Avenue to assess the ground further.

With regards to the changes, Bates said: “It is disappointing the large scale development will not now go ahead in full, but we have hopes that the rest of the development will be completed, in phases, in the fullness of time.”