Rugby union’s Sale Sharks remain dedicated to returning “to our house”, even with Trafford Council withdrawing assist for a new £100m stadium.
Council leader Andrew Western mentioned although there was a “want” to see the Sharks move back again, the authority experienced now withdrawn guidance for the plan.
Sharks owner Simon Orange mentioned a return remained a “lengthy-term ambition”.
The Crossford Bridge Neighborhood Sports activities Village designs would have noticed a floodlit 4G pitch, managing monitor, grass pitches, local community pavilion and children’s climbing and activity centre created on participating in fields on the edge of the town.
‘Even more confidence’
Even so, the Area Democracy Reporting Services reported hundreds of people urged the club and council to locate a distinctive internet site and experienced lifted fears about the decline of green area, excess visitors, sound and probable air pollution.
Users of grassroots sporting activities teams which also use the internet site – which include Sale United and Outdated Altrinchamians soccer golf equipment and athletics club Sale Harriers – also said they were concerned for their futures.
Mr Western reported that as a result, “we have taken the choice not to help the proposal”.
“We share with Sale Sharks a need to see them back again in Sale in the long run if a suitable web site can be identified,” he included.
Mr Orange stated followers had “been amazing in the assistance they have proven throughout this initial consultation” and the method had “offered us even much more confidence in our foreseeable future ambitions”.
“We have manufactured no magic formula that our extensive-held ambition is to return our elite men’s and women’s groups to our dwelling town of Sale.”
“Despite the fact that let down by this political selection… we glance forward to offering a answer in the upcoming.”
The Sharks still left Heywood Highway in Sale for Stockport’s Edgeley Park in 2003 ahead of transferring to Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium, which the club shares with rugby league side Salford Purple Devils.