Stotfold’s new stadium moves closer

Stotfold v Kings Langley at Roker Park.
Stotfold v Kings Langley at Roker Park.

Stotfold FC’s plans to relocate from Roker Park to a new stadium have taken a huge leap forward.

Central Bedfordshire Council has approved the release of a restrictive covenant on Roker Park that will enable a move to Arlesey Road where there will be a new stadium and community playing fields.

The covenant had limited use of the land for leisure purposes. However this decision will allow Stotfold Town Council to see Roker Parkdeveloped as a residential site, build a new facility on Central Beds-owned land and repay an outstanding loan to the unitary authority.

Central Beds Council first considered this matter in 2013 but at that time it was not financially viable for Stotfold Town Council.

However local developer Rowan Homes has offered to help the town council acquire Roker Park in return, subject to planning permission, for building a new stadium.

If this agreement is secured Stotfold Town Council will be granted a 99-year lease at a peppercorn rent for 24 acres of land at Arlesey Road.

Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Deputy Leader for the Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “That is a really positive outcome for the people of Stotfold and the surrounding area, while providing Stotfold Football Club with the facilities required of them by the Football Association.

“It will also deliver elements of our leisure strategy to promote sport and leisure activities and, in turn, contribute to public health and wellbeing in the area.”

Stotfold Town Council welcomed the move and said: “This enables us to work with local developer, Rowan Homes to complete phase 2 of the Town Council’s project for Arlesey Road, which will see the relocation of our tenants at Roker Park and will provide more community facilities through securing 99 years use of green open space for the community of Stotfold.”

On the pitch Ben L’Honore scored for Stotfold in a 1-1 draw at Colney Heath on Saturday. Tuesday’s league match at home to London Colney was postponed.