Evo-Stik League Premier club Marine AFC have announced that they have this week received planning approval from Sefton Council to carry out the stadium improvements behind the stand scheduled to take place in the summer of 2019.
Tony Diaz Associates submitted the planning application at the beginning of December on behalf of the club and the official notice of approval was issued by Sefton Council planning officers at the beginning of this week.
Club officials took the decision to delay the project to 2019 following a review of requirements and timing for the application of grant funding towards the cost of the project and also considered that more time was needed for the club to raise their portion of costs not covered by grant support.
The building work will now take place in May and June next year, 125 years after Marine was founded by South Road traders at a meeting in the former Marine Hotel (Now Champs Bar) in the summer of 1894.
Following the demolition of the old timber building situated behind the stand new building units include a match day snack bar, stewards control room, spectator first aid treatment room, club shop, match day office, kit store and a new spectator hospitality room.
Marine chairman Paul Leary told the club`s official Pitchero website: “We are delighted to receive formal planning approval from Sefton Council for this very important project to improve our stadium and would like to thank Tony Diaz Associates for acting on our behalf with Council officials.
“Club officials worked very hard in communicating our stadium plans with local residents and shopkeepers in the last few months including the issue of a news release, a letter drop to 375 homes and holding an open meeting in the Clubrooms. Council officials have told us that there were no objections to the scheme and we are all absolutely really pleased to hear of this.
“Our next steps are to invite tenders for the work to local building contractors and to continue to raise funds towards our share of the project cost that will not be covered by a grant. I intend to submit our application for grant support from the Football Foundation in July.
“As announced last month the building work now coincides with our 125th anniversary and this adds further interest in the project and gives us more time to raise the £20-£25,000 balance of funds needed. So far we have raised £18,000 towards our portion of the scheme cost of about £40,000.
“I appeal therefore to the many friends and supporters of Marine to help us with this important project that will transform the front of our stadium. As a football club we work really hard with our community partners and I appeal to as many people as possible to help us make this scheme happen”.
— Marine Football Club (@MarineAFC) February 9, 2018