St Albans District Council (SADC) chiefs have confirmed that they are omitting proposals for a new stadium within a Local Plan for the city, much to the dismay of St Albans City Football Club.
SADC had originally included plans for a brand new stadium for the football club in their Local Plan, which sought to create much-needed housing, employment opportunities and community facilities such as a new stadium and pitches.
However, the council have now changed their plans for the stadium and pitches, leading to an outcry from fans and the club.
A statement issued by the football club said: “The club (St Albans City FC) wholeheartedly disagrees with the decision and believes that it appears to rest on a technicality.
“To make sure that we fully understood what was needed for us to progress, we met with members of the planning department, consulted with experts in this field, and then submitted a representation in good time. We believe that the club met all the requirements for the development of that site, including clear evidence of very special and exceptional circumstances.”
The community have rallied behind the club with the formation of a hashtag, #MyCityMeans where people have outlined their thoughts on the decision and why it is vital for St Albans that provision for a stadium and pitches is included in the Local Plan.
St Albans District Council has said that it supports the club in its need to relocate, however has not given any indication of what form this support may take.