Football club may have found new home

Essex County Standard: Football club may have found new home Football club may have found new home

HARWICH and Parkeston Football Club has found a potential new home.

The club’s Royal Oak Ground in Main Road, Dovercourt, its base since 1898, is falling down.

Tony Armstrong, the club’s chairman, has held talks with Tendring Council leader Peter Halliday about building a ground in Low Road, Dovercourt.

The club would need a 200-seat stand, floodlights, changing rooms and clubhouse.

It is also looking at the main pitch being made of artificial grass, so-called fourth generation astroturf, instead of a traditional grass pitch.

Mr Armstrong said: “We have held talks with Tendring Council to look at the options available regarding relocation.

“Low Road is one of the sites being discussed “The finances for that would come from selling the current ground, but we won’t put it on the market until we have somewhere to go.”

Harwich and Parkeston are set to apply for promotion from the Essex and Suffolk Border League, to the Thurlow Nunn League.

The club needs a better ground to progress up the non-league ladder.

Mr Armstrong said if the club did not move, it would close.

The playing fields in in question in Low Road are owned by Tendring Council.

Mr Halliday said: “Mr Armstrong is keen to relocate and Low Road was one of the areas discussed.

“He is very sure about what he wants in terms of facilities.

“These are very positive and interesting plans and we look forward to seeing them.”

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