Council's warning as stand plan is approved

THE Seasiders have been given permission to keep their temporary east stand for another three years – but that might be all.

Blackpool Council warned that in 2011, when the licence next runs out, it is likely that the club will be told to take the stand down.

That's good news for Pool fans, who are keen for chairman Karl Oyston to press ahead and complete the redevelopment of Bloomfield Road.

But it's probably not ideal for the chairman, who has to get a south stand built before he even contemplates the east.

At a planning meeting last night, the council approved the application for a three-year extension to the east stand's licence, together with an additional six rows to provide an extra 972 seats.

But Coun Jim Houldsworth said: "I'm very disappointed that this has come to committee again and that the club, having had five years to get this stand built, has not yet done so.

"I feel if it's granted we should look on it as the final three years.

"I know we cannot pre-empt what might be decided in future years but I feel we ought to make our feelings known that this has gone on long enough and we are looking for improvement in the development of the site and in the aesthetics of the stadium."

Planning officer Gary Johnston said: "It's obviously a key site in terms of the Central Corridor and work has been done to enhance that.

Members saw today the final touches being put to the Travelodge (opposite Blackpool's stadium).

"Clearly we would want to maintain that good impression and hence we are only looking at condoning the extension of the temporary stand for a further three years."

The east stand was erected in 2003 to house away fans until a new stand was built at the south end of the stadium.