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Oldham have stadium move rejected

Oldham Athletic football club has had a ground move halted by the Charity Commission.

The club planned a new £20M stadium to be constructed in Failsworth, 6.4km from their current ground Boundary Park.

But the Charity Commission has put a stop to proposed plans for a land swap stating that the plans was not in the interest of the Failsworth Trust charity, who currently own the land where the Failsworth Lower Memorial Park war memorial stands.

The new stadium was planned to have a capacity of 12,000 with corporate facilities built into the ground.

Oldham council had wanted to transfer charitable status to two other sites in Failsworth to allow the stadium move to go ahead.

This sparked some protests by local residents who gathered a petition getting 10,000 signatures, and the Charity Commission to go against the backing of Oldham council for the land swap.

Oldham Council cabinet member for the environment and regeneration Councillor John McCann said: “We are extremely disappointed to read this decision from the Charity Commission.”

AFC Oldham and Oldham Council are now deciding whether to appeal the decision or plan new developments to their current stadium.

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