FOOTBALL fans in Scarborough will have a ground within the town by 2014.
This is the hope of Scarborough Council, as further details regarding the proposed sports village were unveiled at a full council meeting yesterday.
It was revealed that three bids have been submitted for the three sites that will make up the village at Weaponness Valley Road, Filey Road Sports Centre and in Seamer Road.
Plans had previously been revealed regarding the development at Weaponness Valley Road which, if successful, will see a 2,000-seater stadium built on the site’s coach park.
However, new plans were also revealed which will hopefully see an Olympic Legacy pool built at one of the sites.
A new swimming pool has long been on the wish list for many people in the town.
However, it’s arguably the news that football could be back in Scarborough which will send the biggest ripple of excitement through Scarborough.
Since Scarborough Athletic were formed following the demise of Scarborough FC, the team have played their matches away at the home of Bridlington Town.
Scarborough fan James Hunter: said: “As a fan of the club, this really is the one thing we have all been waiting for since 2007 really.”
He also believes that the move will help change the club’s fortunes.“If we can get the club back into Scarborough, then it will pretty much double attendances at the ground, which can only make the club stronger,” he said.
The announcement was also positively received by members of the council. Cllr Herbert Tindall said “it would be good to get the team back in Scarborough”, and the mayor of Scarborough Cllr John Blackburn said “it is good news”.
At the meeting, it was announced that bidders for the sites have met with representatives from the university and county council to inspect their bids.
The next step will see the bids judged on a number of factors such as cost and viability.