The Gloucester City Management Board have held a meeting with Brian McGurk and Paul Duncliffe to discuss progress with regards to the new stadium at Meadow Park.\r\n\r\nMike Dunstan, Chairman of Gloucester City, reports that this was a very positive meeting and that good progress had been made with the relevant agencies and specialists to start to fulfil the many conditions levied on the club at the outline planning stage.\r\n\r\nWhilst this phase of work is technically relatively straight forward, it is time consuming, and will probably take several months before all conditions are met and full planning granted.\r\n\r\nIt is also a very expensive phase, and the club will be looking to engage grant bodies very quickly to see what money is available to assist.\r\n\r\n“The club’s owners have made good progress since the planning meeting, and to assist them we are putting together a working group to drive various elements of this project going forward,” explained Dunstan.\r\n\r\n“That group will have Management Board representation, to ensure that the build meets all footballing requirements, the club’s owners who are obviously very committed to driving this project forward and crucially a group of business people and experts in funding options who can bring a whole range of skills to what is a complicated project.”\r\n\r\n“The idea is that we can generate some real tempo in pushing the project to the building phase as quickly as possible.”\r\n\r\nDunstan is aware that fans are eager to see action on the old site, and the club is working steadily towards that goal.\r\n\r\n“Obviously fans are impatient to see bulldozers on site, and the stadium rising from the ground, but please be patient, all of the work currently is moving us to that stage.”\r\n\r\n“Until we have worked through the 45 conditions that the Council have set the owners cannot even legally demolish the old stadium – but please rest assured that everyone associated with the club want to move forwards as quickly as possible.”

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