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Holt keen to start on stand

19 February 2018

Andy Holt is hoping he can start building the new family stand now as he looks to boost the community appeal of Accrington Stanley.

The Stanley chairman has submitted drawings to Hyndburn Council for a number of design changes to the already approved planning permission for the  Whinney Hill 'Cowshed' stand, which will house 1100 spectators, inclusive of new toilet facilities and careering outlets.

Money will come from the Football Foundation and from the club and Holt is just waiting for the nod so he can start work and make the facilities at the Wham Stadium more family-friendly.

Holt is already hoping to get more children involved at Stanley after giving away free shirts to 1,200 primary school pupils and the new stand will mark another step forward as the Reds look to increase their appeal.

“Every club that gets promoted can get money from the Football Foundation to develop their ground and we haven't used ours yet,” said the owner.

“There is £660,000 in the pot for us and I am asking for all of it.

“It's not just the stand but the facilities within it such as the catering, toilets and so on. We also want to replace the floodlights so they don't just go out as they have done previously!

“Coming to Stanley is unique in league football, it's got a certain charm. People who come, regardless of the result, tell me they have enjoyed it and we have to build on that.

“It's close to the pitch, you can meet players at the end of the match, it's a more relaxed atmosphere and we do take the opinions of our fans on board.

“I listen to them and they can change things - I want to know what they are or aren't happy with so we can keep moving the club forward.

“The new stand will be family-friendly, there is little space for children at the moment, but this will make it a better experience for home and away fans as well. I feel it's important we start it as soon as possible and we are currently in negotiations to do that.”

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