Second bid made to list old Poppies ground as community asset

Kettering Town's former stadium on Rockingham Road. ENGNNL00120120415152742

Kettering Town's former stadium on Rockingham Road. ENGNNL00120120415152742

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A second bid to list Kettering Town FC’s old Rockingham Road ground as a community asset has been made this morning (Thursday).

The Poppies’ original bid was turned down by Kettering Council officers in June, who felt there was no evidence of community support.

But after a petition against the decision - which is set to be presented to the council on Wednesday (September 28) - reached more than 4,000 signatures, a second bid has now been submitted.

A short club statement read: “The CIC have confirmed that a second application to nominate Rockingham Road, as an asset of community value has been submitted this morning.

“The review period for the application is eight weeks.”

The club have not played in the town since an ill-fated move to Nene Park in 2011, and currently play in Burton Latimer.

The listing of an asset gives the community group a period of six months to find the funds to bid for the property if it comes up for sale on the open market.