Roughyeds Tuesday —- Whitebank development

CHRIS Hamilton, chairman of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd, has had talks with representatives of Rugby Oldham, the Supporters’ Trust, with regard to ground developments at the Whitebank Stadium and potential ways in which the Trust can help.

The representatives of Rugby Oldham will now report back to their next board meeting before resuming discussions with the club.

Said Chris: “The club is happy to have opened a dialogue with Rugby Oldham’s representatives in the hope that everyone can pull together in the project to improve Whitebank in the not too distant future.”

On behalf of Rugby Oldham, the Trust’s secretary Ian Wilson said: “Given that the Trust’s membership has always been keen to see the development of a rugby league stadium in the town to replace Watersheddings it is nothing but good news that we are now engaged in conversation with the club.”

The club aims to submit a planning application to Oldham Council planning committee’s October meeting.

Plans cover a new stand, with seats, on the same side as the existing main stand; terracing down the Whitebank Road side and at the bottom end of the ground; new turnstiles, toilets and a catering facility.

A team of professionals assisting the club on this comprises of Matthew Collings of Eversheds, senior associate solicitor who specialises in planning law; John Francis of DPP, executive director of planning; Rob Ogden of Capita, quantity surveyor; Steve Winterbottom of Nicol Thomas, architects; and Phil Mayall, development surveyor of Muse Developments, Salford Quay.