The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BURY chair­man Ste­wart Day is hope­ful the Shak­ers will have a new sta­dium by the start of the 2018-19 sea­son af­ter pos­i­tive meet­ings with Bury Coun­cil.

Vice-chair­man Glenn Thomas met coun­cil of­fi­cials to dis­cuss plans for mov­ing from the club’s home of 131 years, Gigg Lane, for a nearby new 15,000-20,000-ca­pac­ity sta­dium, which they first an­nounced in Oc­to­ber.

The Shak­ers are op­ti­mistic these plans are on track, as are those to build flats and shops on the perime­ter of Gigg Lane af­ter dis­cus­sions had pre­vi­ously hit a snag.

Day said: “We had a meet­ing with the coun­cil on Tues­day when there were very pos­i­tive dis­cus­sions about the new sta­dium and the re­de­vel­op­ment of Gigg Lane.

“The pro­ce­dure is mov­ing for­wards, but it takes a bit of time. We get only one shot at this, so we have to get it right.

“We have had to tweak a few mi­nor de­tails, but we should be sub­mit­ting a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for Gigg Lane in the next week or two.”

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