Meeting called over East Thurrock United new stadium bid

RESIDENTS are to be given the opportunity to learn more about a local football club’s proposals to relocate.
East Thurrock United FC, who play senior football in the Ryman Premier League and run a number of junior clubs, are seeking to move from their current Rookery Hill ground in Corringham, which its owners hope to develop for housing.

A planning application is currently being prepared for the site in discussion with Thurrock Council, who have previously earmarked the land as a potential development opportunity for quality family homes.

That would leave East Thurrock homeless but they will get a share of revenues generated from the sale of Rookery Hill to fund relocation and a deal has already been brokered with Thurrock Council to take over the Billet Playing Field in Stanford-le-Hope.

The plan has raised some concerns among local residents which have been raised with the club by local ward councillor Shane Hebb.

Now he will host a meeting next Wednesday at East Thurrock Community Association on Corringham Road, Stanford-le-Hope, where representatives of the club will be ready to answer questions about their hopes and aspirations for a new community sports hub at the Billet.

Cllr Hebb, who has invited local residents to attend, said: “There are a number of issues of concern and the football club have recognised that consultation with local residents is very important so I have arranged the meeting to help ensure that everyone involved is aware of what is planned, its scale and the possible pros and cons to our local community.”

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