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Boston United chairman aims to submit new stadium plans within six months

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

Boston United chairman David Newton

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DAVID NEWTON admits moving Boston United to a new stadium is proving "very difficult" but still hopes to submit a planning application in the next six months, writes Leigh Curtis.

The Pilgrims only have five years left on their current lease at the Jakeman's Stadium owned by the club's former chairman Pat Malkinson.

Boston have no chance of an extension meaning they will have to leave their home of more than 80 years.

Pilgrims chairman Newton says he is working hard to find the club a new site and has one in mind.

But the funding for the project is proving an obstacle, although he will still press ahead with a planning application.

"We are working on moving, but it is very difficult to do," said Newton, who runs property firm, Chestnut Homes.

"We are at the point where I think we can see how to deliver it, but funding it is a different matter entirely.

"We have had talks Boston Borough Council, but we will still press ahead to put a planning application within, hopefully, six months.

"It is slow progress and much of that is to do with the current financial climate.

"Not only that, we are also snowed under with other business."

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  • MjCclarke  |  February 07 2013, 8:40PM

    David Newton and Chestnut Homes have literally done cart wheels to save and keep Boston United alive, but I wonder if his measured caution about the planning of a much needed new stadium to ensure the club's future is an early warning, particularly with recession in the building industry, that the next step might prove a move to far. And perhaps the reality is after all the effort United may sadly only have a short term future? In many other football towns the local authority have helped with new grounds funding. Coventry, Doncaster and Nuneaton come to mind, but I seem to remember when previous owners attempted a new ground B.B.C. while not wanting the club to leave York Street which they soon must they felt unable to give financial support. It seems as if the clouds over football in the town could sadly gather again?

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