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Fleet fans divided over new stadium

PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:38 23 August 2010

FLEET fans and residents are divided over proposals for a new stadium on the A2 corridor. Floods of messages on Ebbsfleet United s ambitious plans to move from their current home in Stonebridge Road have been sent to our dedicated email address fleetfirs

FLEET fans and residents are divided over proposals for a new stadium on the A2 corridor.

Floods of messages on Ebbsfleet United's ambitious plans to move from their current home in Stonebridge Road have been sent to our dedicated email address fleetfirst@archant.co.uk after it was set up last week.

Brian Kilcullen, the director of Fleet Group Development tasked with overseeing the stadium plans, believes the site offers a "last chance opportunity."

However, both Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council have described the site, which is currently the location of an activity park, as "unsuitable"

Rodney Rixon wrote: "We deserve a new ground as Stonebridge rd is now outdated. I think the council should give the club their full backing and do something, instead of just talking about it."

David McCluggage, of Park Avenue, Northfleet, said: "It is very important for the Ebbsfleet to get a home build before they 'move' as we don't want to be sharing for years like Dartford.

"Getting a new ground beyond the planning stages will galvanise the supporters and I'm confident there will be an upturn in the number of fans attending as well."

Some residents have written in opposition to the plans, describing it as a "hair brained scheme" and calling for the current ground to be redeveloped.

Chris Merry, of Kempsley Close, Northfleet, said: " As a resident in the immediate vicinity of this proposed venture I am appalled that this is even being considered so close to a residential area.

"It's about time that the residents are considered and this hair-brained scheme returned to the drawing board."

Paul Harrison said: "Stonebridge Road meets all those criteria, sure it is an old ground, but it could be restored to old glories by spending a lot less than a new ground would cost."

Derek Povey said: "As well as being a hideous blot on an otherwise open landscape the accompanying noise, traffic and parking would be horrendous."

Write to fleetfirst@archant.co.uk

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