Referral fuels bounce back hopes

Burscough are hoping to bounce back into the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League in a new stadium after their proposal for a new home was referred to the Secretary of State.

The relegated Linnets were lifted by the decision of West Lancashire Borough Council's planning committee on Wednesday to refer their plans with Chequer Properties to build a new stadium next to their current home at Victoria Park.

If given the green light, the proposed community facility, pictured, will include a main covered stand with 480 seats, a two-storey clubhouse and a secondary covered stand.

Burscough chairman Mike Swift welcomed the decision as a big boost for everyone connected with the bottom-of-the-table club ahead of their final outing in EVO-STIK NPL First Division North on Saturday at home to Ramsbottom United.

Swift said: “We are delighted at the decision. It’s a very positive milestone in the proud heritage of Burscough Football Club and for contemporary developments in the village, especially football at many levels. We look forward to working with the authority and forward thinking partners in building a healthy future.”

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