A first for the town as Latics stadium gains ACV listing
Trust Oldham are pleased to announce that Boundary Park (Sportsdirect.com Park) has been listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) under the Localism Act (2011).
The successful listing means that should the owners of the stadium propose to sell the ground, Trust Oldham must first be notified. Trust Oldham can then exercise a right to bid which could place a pause of up to six months on any sale to enable the Trust to put together a bid for the Stadium.
Whilst there are current protections in place regarding the use of SportsDirect.com Park, its listing as an ACV is an important further step. It will mean that fans will have a voice if there is ever a future decision to be made about a sale of the ground. Several supporters groups across the country have been successful in listing their club stadiums.
The listing follows over a year’s worth of work by Trust Oldham. Throughout the application process there have been extensive discussions with the current stadium landlords, who have been supportive of the application.
Diane Mellor, Trust Oldham Chairwoman, said: “We are delighted with the news that the ACV listing has been successful. The team at Trust Oldham have worked hard on what has proved to be a complex process and we are delighted that hard work has paid off.”
“We would like to thank the landlords who have been supportive throughout the process. It is also an honour to be the first successful listing in the town.”
Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park stadium, Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Charlton Athletic’s The Valley are among those grounds that have been listed as ACVs.
Further details on what the ACV means can be found at http://trustoldham.co.uk/acv-application-faqs/