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The Shay Listed As An Asset of Community Value

Fri 18th Oct 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Halifax Town Supporters’ Trust’s application for the Shay Stadium to be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) has been successful.

The listing puts FC Halifax Town’s home alongside Old Trafford and Anfield, to be given protection in this way.

Trust spokesperson Gavin Butler said: “Having the Shay listed as an Asset of Community Value reaffirms the trusts view that the Shay is at the heart of the sporting community in Calderdale and as such should be recognised as an Asset of Community Value.”

Kevin Rye, Spokesman for Supporters Direct, the governing body for supporters’ trusts, said “Halifax Town Supporters Trust should be congratulated in their work to make sure that The Shay takes its place alongside Old Trafford and Anfield, and the first two, Oxford United and Nuneaton Town, in having stadia successfully listed.

“We are seeing this trend escalate, and many more applications are being lodged from across football – and interest coming from other sports.

“This and all other successful listings are demonstrating that our view that clubs and their stadiums should be seen as community assets and not simply as part of an investment portfolio is being widely accepted.”

The granting of the ACV does not guarantee a block on any potential sale of the Shay but should Calderdale Council decide to sell the Shay it gives community groups a period of up to six months to prepare a potential bid.

In terms of the potential sale of the Shay Gavin Butler went on to say: “The trust is opposed to private ownership of the Shay and believes it should remain with the council.

“Whilst the granting of the ACV is a step forward in recognising the Shay stadium’s importance to the local community we recognise that it is not an ultimate safeguard against a potential sale.

“However and most importantly it will bring transparency to any decision by the council to sell the Shay and allow time for other options to be considered other than a sale to a private owner.”

- See more at: http://www.supporters-direct.org/news-article/halifax-town-supporters-trust-successful-in-acv-application#sthash.CPr8vIID.dpuf

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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