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Club 'confident' of stadium move

Bangor City's current Farrar Road home
Bangor City's current Farrar Road home

A city football club has issued a statement to allay fears it may not move to its new home.

Bangor City Football Club's chairman Dilwyn Jones said misinformation about delays to the move to Nantporth outside the city has cost the club financially.

He said confidence still remained high, and delays were due to planning issues.

Meanwhile temporary work may be carried out at its current Farrar Road home so the club can stay in the Welsh Premier League.

The move from the council-owned ground at Farrar Road - the club's home since the 1920s - has been going on for some time.

The go-ahead for the new site, at Nantporth on the banks of the Menai Strait, was first given in July 2003, despite some protest against it because of its location in a sensitive conservation area.

Retail park

Ground works at the Nantporth site has been started, but the redevelopment of the old Farrar Road site - into a retail park - has been bogged down in planning, according to developers Deiniol Developments (which is owned by Morbaine Ltd and Watkin Jones).

"Bangor City's position is that we continue to be in discussions with the developers Deiniol Developments and other parties, and as far as we are concerned, all options are still very much on the table," said Mr Jones.

"These are working out a timetable for Nantporth, and the possibility of carrying out temporary works at Farrar Road to achieve a Welsh Premier Licence in the short term," he added.

Mr Jones said the club "wished to underline ongoing confidence in the Nantporth project", as a planning application for minor amendments to the original scheme has been made to come into line with current Welsh Premier License.

"We would like to make it clear to supporters and all concerned that when there is any definite news, we will let them know," he said.

"We are not in the business of keeping anyone in the dark, but neither do we want to issue misleading or confusing information whilst there are still unresolved issues," he added.

Mr Jones said "misinformation" had previously been circulated and had an "adverse effect" on the club attracting financial backing and he was working hard "on retrieving this".

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