Rugby club may be set for move

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourtelegraph - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­nell@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @Paulgrin­nell2 01733 588713

Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club could be on the move in a new deal that might pro­vide a ma­jor boost to plans to cre­ate a ded­i­cated sports vil­lage in the city. Club of­fi­cials and the leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil are cur­rently in talks.

Peter­bor­ough Rugby Club could be on the move in a new deal that might pro­vide a ma­jor boost to plans to cre­ate a ded­i­cated sports vil­lage in the city. Club of­fi­cials and the leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil are cur­rently in talks that could see the club, which has about 650 mem­bers, l eave its Fen­gate home for fa­cil­i­ties at the Wood­lands Sports Cen­tre in Cas­tor.

But both par­ties warn that talks are in their early stages and could take up to six months to a year to be com­pleted.

The coun­cil cur­rently leases the Fen­gate pitches to the club, which has been at the site since 1974. The cur­rent lease has about 40 years left to run.

But if a deal could be a greed, it would go a long way to­wards ful­fill­ing the coun­cil’s as­pi­ra­tions to cre­ate a top class sports vil­lage in the city.

Club pres­i­dent Phil Elmer said: “If it’s a move that suits the club and the coun­cil then it will hap­pen. “But this is very early days. “If the club was to move to Wood­lands it would help the coun­cil achieve its goal of cre­at­ing a sports vil­lage with Pete r bor­ough United Foot­ball Club, the Re­gional Swim­ming Pool and run­ning track at one end and the rugby club at Wood­lands at the other.”

It is thought the cost of any move could be about £ 2 mil­lion. The club, which traces its ori­gins back to 1870, has its ground on a former refuse tip, which has cre­ated prob­lems in the past with dips ap­pear­ing in the pitches.

Coun­cil­lor Marco Cer­este, the coun­cil leader, would only con­firm that talks had started but would not re­veal the iden­ti­ties of any pos­si­ble sites for the club.

He said: “If the club was to move it could be­come part of a sports vil­lage for Peter­bor­ough that would in­clude a range of high class fa­cil­i­ties. One of our aims is to have an Olympic­sized swim­ming pool in the city.”

Cllr Cer­este said the lo­cal author­ity had been in talks with Sports Eng­land and other groups about ways of cre­at­ing a sports vil­lage.

Once the Fen­gate ground is va­cant, it is thought the site could be suit­able for a range of uses from in­dus­try, hous­ing or even as an en­ergy park made up of wind tur­bines and so­lar pan­els.

The Wood­lands Sport Cen­tre at Cas­tor

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