WORK on a vital access road which needs to be created so Evesham United Football Club can move into their £2million new stadium, is due to start in less than two weeks.
The creation of the link will begin on Monday, March 26, and it is hoped that the work will be completed in about three months, with the projected finishing date set at Friday, June 29.
The lack of the access road has meant that despite the new ground on Cheltenham Road, complete with clubhouse, changing rooms and junior pitches being completed, the club has been unable to use any of the state-of-the art facilities.
Evesham United chairman Jim Cockerton said he was delighted that the work on the access road was set to begin and looked forward to moving in to the new ground in the summer.
“Everyone knows this has been a long time coming but we are delighted to say that work can begin on the road which will enable us to use our fantastic new facilities for the first time. We had expected to be there last year but there have been some issues which needed ironing out. Everyone involved in the club is very excited. We will be in there for pre-season and it feels good to know that we will start the new season in our new home.
“It is a place for the whole community to enjoy. There are a number of pitches up there and we will be looking to develop younger teams playing on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon.”
The Robins had been due to move into the Cheltenham Road ground last July but funding issues surrounding the access road meant that the work was delayed.
The cost of the road was initially priced at about £200,000 but after lengthy discussions between the club, MP Peter Luff, the Football Foundation, Wychavon District Council and the Highways Agency, a solution as well as the necessary funding, was found.
A Manchester United FC legends team has been invited to play in a showpiece opening day match where fans will be asked to come along to watch the game and take a look at the new facilities.