Poppies’ bid for land could be just weeks away

Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune has revealed the club could make an offer on the Avondale School site in the next two weeks
Poppies chairman Ritchie Jeune has revealed the club could make an offer on the Avondale School site in the next two weeks

Ritchie Jeune has revealed Kettering Town could be as little as two weeks away from making a formal bid for the site where it is proposed the club could relocate to.

The Poppies held a consultation event for residents living near Avondale Primary School last week where their plans for a potential return to the town were backed.

They’re hoping to move into the vacant school alongside an unnamed healthcare partner while converting the former school playing fields into a new ground, which would feature a 500-seater stand and two terraces.

Northamptonshire County Council owns the Avondale School site and has submitted its own outline proposals to build 72 homes there.

But Jeune is now aiming to move forward with the club’s own plans, although he insists there is still more work to be done.

“It is moving forward but it really isn’t as simply as some might think,” the Kettering chairman said.

“We are still in consultation with people and we have taken on board the concerns that were raised by some residents over car parking.

“We are probably two weeks away from making an offer and that will be subject to planning issues and conversations with Kettering Borough Council.

“If it’s not possible for it to happen under planning guidelines then we need to know now so we can move on. We don’t see any reason why they should object as the site itself already has a football pitch, which would simply have stands added to it.”

The Poppies kick off their new Southern League Division One Central campaign on Saturday when they take on Aylesbury United at Latimer Park.

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