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Football stadium project wet to go ahead after land purchase

Football stadium project wet to go ahead after land purchase

Non-league football club Leamington are set to get a new stadium after Warwick County Council voted to buy a plot of land in the town for the venue.

The club will now be able to proceed with the construction of the 5,000-capacity stadium off Europa Way, with the facility also including a primary school, community hall and medical centre. Further developments may include new housing, a hotel, a pub, convenience store and other shops.

Warwick Council will subsequently take ownership of Leamington's existing ground at Harbury Lane, which has been earmarked as a site for gypsies and other travellers.

The resolution to buy the land was overwhelmingly supported by councillors. Explaining the benefits behind the move for the area as a whole, council leader Andrew Mobbs said: "A new stadium and sports hub for our area has the potential to be a new focal point for the community with huge benefits for the health, fitness and well-being of our residents."

Speaking ahead of the council's vote on the matter, club chairman Jim Scott said: "Leamington FC very much welcomes this key step forward. A new stadium with improved access and facilities will help us fulfil our aspirations to move into higher leagues."

The club, nicknamed the Brakes, currently plays in the Evo-Stik League Southern, which is on the eighth level of the English football pyramid. If the ground helps the club progress, it could dream of moving up the four levels required to reach the Football League, where its nearest neighbours would be Coventry City. Being able to get good attendance will be central to this, as many Leamington residents will currently support league clubs in the West Midlands. As well as Coventry, Birmingham is just a few miles to the north.

Leamington is the second club this month to be boosted by news of progress on moving to a new stadium. Truro City have signed a deal with rugby union side Cornish Pirates to share a planned new stadium with a capacity of 6,000, which could help both clubs progress. Cornwall has never yet had a Premiership rugby club or a team in the Football League.

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