Griffin: 'Fans response to Magpies' ground move has been hugely positive'

Maidenhead United have had a 'hugely positive' response from supporters old and new to their proposals to uproot from York Road and move to a new community stadium in Braywick Park, according to chairman Peter Griffin.

The club confirmed last month it had finalised an agreement with the council to acquire a 3.7-hectare plot of land at the park for a new sports ground which will also incorporate other sports facilities alongside football.

It's a move that promises to bring the club new and diverse revenue streams while, subject to planning consent, the prized real estate of York Road would also be sold on for development.

Many supporters are very attached to York Road, acknowledged by FIFA to be the oldest continuously used senior association football ground in the world by the same club, however, if the club wants to progress and possibly compete for a place in the Football League in time, this is a 'transformational' move that must happen according to Griffin.

Over the past week he and CEO Jon Adams have been leading consultation events with fans at York Road where supporters have been able to voice their opinions or concerns and have gained a better understanding of the finer details of the proposals.

Those who wish to ask a question or comment can still email the club: braywick@maidenheadunitedfc.org.

The plan now is for the club to continue working with the council to develop its proposals before making a planning application over the summer. The wider public will also be given a chance to consult on the proposals in due course, possibly after the planning application has been submitted.

So far, the object of the meetings has been to provide more information for fans about the scope of the development, the design, layout and feel of the ground. Feedback from fans has and will continue to influence the club as it looks to maintain some of the heritage of York Road in the new stadium.

Speaking about the engagement events after the Magpies 1-0 defeat to Notts County on Sunday, Griffin said: “The supporters it’s been hugely positive. We ran a meeting on Wednesday and another one yesterday (Saturday) and we’ve been getting quite a few emails and comments.

“The feeling has been overwhelmingly positive as they see more of the designs and hear more of the ideas about what’s going to go into it and what we can create at Braywick.

“People are hugely positive and excited about what this can do for the club. It could be transformational; it will be transformational.

“While there’s sadness at having to leave this ground, obviously subject to planning, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive from old supporters and new. People get that this is fantastic for the club, and it’s being massively well supported.”

He added: “We’re in a position where everything we think we can bring to the new stadium is going to make it, two things, a fantastic facility for us as a football club, a top end non-league ground, with as much character and history we can put into it from day one.

“Secondly, there will also be lots of facilities that can help the club financially, to break even and be more robust and independent. All these things are deliverable and that’s what we’re setting out to do.”

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