Northampton Town FC call on politicians to unite
Mon 13th Dec 2010 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Northampton Town Chairman David Cardoza has called on politicians from all parties to unite and back the re-development plans of both the Cobblers and the Northampton Saints Rugby Club.
Last Monday, Conservative group leader Councillor David Palethorpe had proposed a motion to the Council that recognised 'the importance and value of Northampton Saints and Northampton Town Football Club to the sporting, cultural and economic wellbeing of our town' and instructing 'the Leader and Deputy Leader to write to the Homes and Communities Agency, Northampton Saints and Northampton Town Football Club informing them that Northampton Borough Council has no underlying objections to, and would support any planning applications (subject to the normal planning process), that will help to ensure the continuing development and success of the clubs'.
The motion received the full backing of the Conservative, Labour and Independent groups, and with the Liberal Democrats voting against, abstaining or excusing themselves from the vote the motion was passed with a healthy majority.
The Cobblers Chairman said, "It is a small but welcome step forward, but until all parties unite behind the sports clubs, and what we and the Saints are trying to do, I fear the redevelopment issues will be used as a political football.
"We do not want this issue to be used as point scoring ahead of the elections in May, we want to see all the whole council realise the benefits that re-development for both clubs can bring to the town. Both clubs need and deserve the unanimous support of all politicians and that is what is needed to see real progress.
"While we are pleased with last Monday night's motion, it means little without actions to follow. We need all landowners, the clubs and the Borough Council to not just talk, but to find a way forward that suits all parties.
"We need a 'can do' attitude and for all involved to work together to benefit the town. The motion passed last Monday was a start, but it has to be followed up and until we see that we will continue to be cautious."
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