Two of the North West’s biggest sporting stars have pledged their support to Lancashire County Cricket Club’s redevelopment plans – taking the number of pledges received so far beyond 1000.
Paul Scholes, who regularly takes his sons to watch cricket at Old Trafford, pledged his support this weekend at www.oldtraffordashes.co.uk. He was joined by cricket legend Freddie Flintoff in backing the club’s planning application, both leaving video messages of support on the campaign website.
In support of the development, Manchester United star Paul Scholes said: “Old Trafford cricket ground has staged some of sports most memorable moments and without this redevelopment, there will be no more history made at this famous ground. I’ve been coming to watch cricket at Old Trafford since I was a boy and it would be a tragedy for the people of Manchester and the North West if international cricket was never to return.
“Manchester is known worldwide for its sporting excellence and it’s important everything is done to keep international cricket in this city for future generations to enjoy. Two Old Traffords are better than one – help create history and pledge your support today.”
Lancashire County Cricket Club and its partners have submitted plans to Trafford Council for the re-development of Old Trafford cricket ground and the surrounding area. If approved, the development will significantly boost the Club’s prospects of bringing the Ashes back to Old Trafford and generate huge economic benefits for the area.
The proposals are part of an innovative sports-led regeneration strategy for a 50-acre mixed use neighbourhood in Old Trafford.
The proposals are being brought forward by a partnership between the club, Trafford Council, Ask Developments and Tesco, and will transform the historic venue into one of the country’s premier sporting destinations.
The development will bring investment of at least £70m into parts of Trafford which suffer from low levels of economic activity and employment. It will generate an estimated 71,000 additional visitors to Old Trafford each year, creating a further £1m per year additional spend in the local Trafford economy. It will include new facilities offering a host of educational and training opportunities for the local community.
Phase 1 of the development is already under way, with new conference and events suite, The Point, under construction and due for completion in July 2010. The striking new designs for Phase 2 by architects BDP aim to retain the heritage and history of the famous ground by enhancing the existing pavilion, as well as adding stunning new player and media facilities, conferencing, hotel facilities and an extension to the highly successful indoor Cricket School. Two new grandstands will ensure a capacity of 15,000 capable of rising to 25,000 with temporary seating. There will also be floodlights and a screen showing action replays.
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