New Stadium gets huge boost


BELLE Vue speedway's long awaited new stadium moved a huge step nearer reality last night.
  
Eddie Smith, Chief Executive of New East Manchester Ltd, told a packed supporters’ meeting last night that the £6m Belle Vue Sports Village complex will be on the agenda at the next meeting of Manchester City Council’s Executive Committee.
  
He said: “Commercial negotiations aren’t easy at the best of times and these are not easy times. Getting things financed is a challenge and this has taken a little longer than we would have liked.
   
“We have reached a point where, in the next few weeks, we will be making a recommendation to the City Council that there is a commercial deal which will underpin a new stadium.
   
“We will be putting in a recommendation to the politicians to that effect. With a fair wind and the blessing of the City Council we’ll move from an amber light to a green light."
  
Aces’ Chief Executive David Gordon said: “We’re not there yet–quite. But the fact that the project will be on the agenda to go forward to the Executive’s meeting for approval is a massive step in the right direction.

  
“We have been negotiating a robust commercial agreement with the council for some time and it seems we are almost there at last.
   
“This is one of the most significant and important decisions in the history of Belle Vue speedway, certainly the recent history since the club left Hyde Road stadium. We are on the threshold of a new era for Belle Vue.”

Tuesday 5th March 2013