Posted: Fri 14th Oct 2022

Updated: Fri 14th Oct

Green light given for Colwyn Bay FC’s new 1,000-seater stand as attendances rise

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This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 14th, 2022

Colwyn Bay Football Club will erect a new 1,000-seater stand at its Old Colwyn ground, taking its capacity to 1,850. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Conwy’s planning committee has granted the club permission for the stand, subject to the project meeting some highway amendments within the next three months. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The JD Cymru North League club’s plans include a car parking area at the rear of the ground. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Councillors hope the new car park will help ease traffic pressures on matchdays. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Neil Coverley, chairman of the club who play at their Llanelian Road ground, said: “This development will help promote and progress not only the local football club but the local area, nationally and internationally, helping boost the economy and employment. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“It encourages growth and progression and would be a significant addition to the community and one of which we would all benefit from. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The new stand will take our seating capacity to 1,850. This capacity won’t be reached each time we have a home game, but it will enable us to consistently be at the forefront when hosting youth internationals and European fixtures. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We are all immensely proud of what we do up at the football club and our plans for the future. The satisfaction of this club being such a presence in our community is very rewarding, and let’s hope with a positive outcome this upgrade will enable us to flourish further.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Cllr Nigel Smith proposed the committee backed the plans. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Well, we met at the site visit yesterday, and what a welcome surprise for somebody who doesn’t do football,” he said. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“As a county councillor, I was really pleased with the facility they have there. I think it is a real asset, and with the new stand, it’ll be an even better asset, not just for Colwyn Bay but the whole of the county. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The car parking at the moment is very tiny, and I’d imagine, a bit like my home town, on football days, you just can’t pass the ground. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“It would be a bottleneck without a doubt, and I think this off-street parking will be a real benefit to the whole community and something that would take away that issue of parking on the main road.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He added: “I’m mindful of the fact that Colwyn Bay is becoming a real magnet for sport. We’ve got rugby down the road and football on this site. It is really pleasing to see.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Cllr Ifor Lloyd seconded the proposals, adding: “Colwyn Bay is becoming a Mecca for football, especially Llanelian Road.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The car park is well needed. Anyone who goes down Dolwen Road or Llanelian Road on a matchday, there is a whole host of parking problems. As you find with football matches, people park anywhere,,and this (the proposed car park) resolves that matter.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Cllr Jo Nuttall added: “We should be really proud of the football club. They are going places.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

By Richard Evans – Local Democracy Reporter ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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