Bassetlaw MP John Mann believes Worksop Town must move forward with new plans for a £2million stadium – whether ASDA start work at the Vesuvius site or not.
The club’s previous hopes for a new home rested on the supermarket giant starting work at the proposed Vesuvius development just off Sandy Lane.
But with no word from ASDA on a start date, or even if they still intend to build a new store in Worksop, and seemingly no way for the club to buy the lease for the ground they currently share with Worksop Parramore, Mann told the Guardian it was time to look at new sites, new commercial partners and funding options.
He said: “We’re moving forward on preparing to build the stadium.”
“We can’t afford to wait for ASDA forever, if they start work then great, that will be the preferred site.”
“But other sites are being looked at.”
“We need a community stadium for the football club and the junior football club, with a synthetic pitch.”
Mann hopes to see another sport come on board with the plans, with boxing an early frontrunner.
He insists any new stadium must allow Tigers to progress through the football pyramid, and allow them to develop both on and off the pitch.
The proposed ground would be owned and operated by a Community Interest Commitee.
“The more we can have local community involvement, the better for us all – and that would save us a lot of money,” he said.
“We need to raise £2 million, it’s a lot of money but it’s doable.”