Axminster Town closing in on a fresh start at their new home
PUBLISHED: 16:10 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:10 20 August 2013
Building work has started at the former football ground in Axminster to deliver the first phase of the residential development and construction of the new football club site.
The site at Sector Lane has been cleared and ground work foundations have begun. The first phase will deliver 43 homes, eight of which will be affordable and completed by the end of the year.
Overall the development will provide 71 homes and see Axminster Town FC housed in improved facilities at a new site built by Devonshire Homes, adjacent to the Cloakham Lawns Sports Club.
The development has been supported by the Get Britain Building programme with £1.5m Government funding invested in the housing scheme.
The Tigers’ new home will include a new clubhouse, office space, changing facilities and two full-size football pitches. Weather had initially stalled the drainage and seeding of the second pitch but has now been completed and the foundations for the clubhouse are nearing completion.
Axminster Town chairman Ray Self said: “It has been a long and tiring process, but I am very confident that we will ultimately have provided the club with a legacy that will sit well with all who come into contact with the club for decades to come.”
Last week Self enjoyed a family barbecue on the new site and, with the sun setting, it was easy for the Tigers supremo to envisage floodlit action at the ground in the future.
He said: “It was quite a poignant moment for I was there with family enjoying a lovely summer’s evening, and I could certainly picture the scene of a floodlit match at our new home. It’s an idyllic setting and I cannot wait to see football action there. A lot of work has gone into the project and there remains lots to, do but we have a very united approach to the process now and I am so looking forward to seeing the finished article.”
The club hope to be using the new clubhouse as early as this November with football being played at the site possibly before the end of the current campaign.
Self says: “That remains the target and, as things stand, I see no reason why we shouldn’t be enjoying Christmas off the park in our new home and looking to perhaps be using one of the pitches before the season’s end.”