Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Bloomfield Road granted Asset of Community Value - Press Release 12th February 2014

Bloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool FC, has today been confirmed as Blackpool's first ever Asset of Community Value.

The application was submitted to the council by local independent fans group, SISA (Seasiders Independent Supporters Association) in December and was given the green light in today’s council meeting after receiving cross-party support as it made its way through the council’s legislative procedures.

Having the status of Asset of Community Value means that if the owners’ should attempt to sell the ground, they will have to inform SISA of their intention. The club’s supporters will then have the option to raise money to bid for the ground or to lobby any potential purchasers concerning future use of the ground. This can help to ensure that Bloomfield Road remains part of the town’s heritage for future generations to enjoy.  
Football clubs and the grounds that they call home are a vital part of the local community. The stadium is the place that holds the memories of the fans, the team and the local community – it connects us to the past, holds us in the present and allows us to hope for the future – it is truly the field of dreams. 

As, Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said, “Football stadiums are not only the heart and soul of every team, they are rooted in and loved by the neighbourhoods that surround them.”. 

SISA founder, Lee Good had this to say ''This is a significant step for supporters and the local community. Sites like Bloomfield Road can now be afforded an element of protection from unscrupulous owners or fly-by-night property developers. The football ground and team are an integral part of our community. Football has been played on that site for 126 years and we want to ensure that Bloomfield Road remains at the heart of sporting entertainment and endeavour in the town. The football club is a massive part of the town’s identity amongst locals and has also brought us to national prominence on many occasions.''

The only one other ACV in the local area was passed by Fylde council on the Victoria Hotel St Annes The group that nominated the Victoria Hotel through provisions of the Localism Act 2011 are now part owners of the popular local hostelry.

With the tradition and proud history that surrounds Bloomfield Road we feel that making Blackpool FC’s ground an Asset of Community Value ensures an extra level of protection for this mainstay of our community. A site that, for many locals, is just as iconic as the Tower that stands protectively over the town.

Official council listing here.

For more information about football clubs as Assets of Community Value please visit:

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