Louth Town eye up land for new stadium vision

Park Avenue has been the home of Louth Town since 2007.
Park Avenue has been the home of Louth Town since 2007.

Five acres of land on the northern edge of the Fairfield Industrial Estate could become the site of a new stadium for Louth Town Football Club.

The White Wolves are in negotiations to buy the land from East Lindsey District Council for £75,000, with the hope of building a new ground.

Louth, who play in the Northern Counties East League Division One, level 10 of the football pyramid, have been searching for a site since May 2011 as the lease on their current home of Park Avenue expires on March 31 next year.

Lee Freeman, Louth Town’s vice chairman, confirmed the club’s intentions.

“We are looking to progress this through planning, ELDC have been very supportive and we are looking at the long term future of semi-professional football in this area,” he said.

“Should we be successful we will work with the Lincolnshire FA and ELDC to look atfunding applications to build a stadium and secure the long-term future of Louth Town.”

According to draft plans, the new stadium site would also include three covered stands holding 275 fans, a club house and a 3G astro turf pitch for smaller games.

The land was part of nine acres bought by the council in 1996 as a potential area to extend the industrial estate, but until October 2012 was rented out as arable farmland.

ELDC’s executive board will consider the sale of the land at their meeting on Tuesday April 23, with the condition of Louth Town securing funding and planning permission to build the new ground.

The White Wolves launched a new era when they appointed former Grimsby Town and Boston United striker Daryl Clare as their new manager last summer.

A run of seven straight wins has propelled Town into a battle for a top four finish in Division One. Fourth or fifth would be their highest ever finish since forming in 2007.