Developer: “Quadrant isn’t just a football’s a community asset”

Boston United new ground image
Boston United new ground image

Boston United chairman David Newton has reiterated his belief that the proposed Quadrant development will be an asset to the whole borough.

The Pilgrims’ plans to build a new football stadium has been met with some resistance from residents of Wyberton, where the project is aimed to be based.

David Newton and Neil Kempster.

David Newton and Neil Kempster.

But Mr Newton is adamant that those objectors are among members of the wider community who will all benefit from the scheme.

“We’re not just doing this for Boston United, we’re doing this for Boston United and the town of Boston,” he said at Thursday’s fans’ forum. “We think this is a fantastic development for the whole town.”

The masterplan for the site does include a football stadium, but - if given the green light - there will be a whole host of other facilities available.

The building of an initial 500 homes by the site will help fund the construction, and a dual-carriageway distributory road is planned to add additional acces to and from the A16.

But the site will also include a sportshall - built to a standard that it can host international badminton matches.

The hall - which would be attached to the stadium - would also include a dance studio, internal climbing wall, 3G football pitch and junior pitches.

The south stand of the stadium will also include offices, a function room and classrooms for community learning centres.

Retail outlets, bars and restaurants are also amongst the plans.

Responding to objections, Mr Newton believes that too much scaremongering is revolving around the playing of football on the site, rather than the available new facilities and jobs the project would bring.

He said: “A lot of people are complaining they’re having a football stadium on their doorstep, but what equates to 11 months out of 12 in the year, what you’ll have in use on a daily basis is a community asset.

“When people concentrate on traffic and think it’ll be a nightmare having a football stadium on their doorstep - most of the time there won’t be any football taking place.”

Boston United Community Club - the name given to the club’s interests away from the first team, which includes cheerleading and netball teams, junior sports teams for boys and girls and a disability football side - will also see its approximate 500 members using the site.

However, Mr Newton gave the stark warning that, were the project not given planning permission, all these assets would come to an end.

He said: “We’re one of the biggest community clubs, certainly in non-league football. A lot of Football League clubs would like what we have.

“But no Quadrant means no Boston United.”

A special planning meeting will be held at Haven High Academy on August 5.