Oyston quashes new stadium talk

A PLAN for a superstadium on the outskirts of Blackpool is unlikely ever to be revived.

That's the verdict of Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston after the stadium site – Whyndyke Farm at Marton – was identified as one of proposed sites for the Fylde's new mental health hospital.

Mr Oyston's father, Owen, revealed plans for a 40,000-seater superstadium and shopping complex on the site in 1996 – but redevelopment work has since taken place at Bloomfield Road.

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However, the long delay to the building of Bloomfield Road's south stand had led to speculation that a move to Whyndyke could be on the cards again.

But that has been dismissed by Mr Oyston.

He said: "I think Blackpool FC's place is within Blackpool in the centre of the community that it serves.


"I was the one who came in on the back of a consortium who wished to take over the club and move to Whyndyke, and I was the one who killed it and said that the consortium weren't in the position to take over the club and guarantee its future.

"As it happens now Whyndyke is within our control – albeit through a joint venture company – and it has still not made my view any different."

If the mental health hospital – a replacement for the Parkwood unit at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital – gets the go-ahead, it will bring to an end decades of speculation over the Whyndyke site.

After the football stadium scheme was scrapped, the site was put forward as a possible home for a 50m indoor skiing complex – a scheme kicked out after a public inquiry in 2002.

The site is also identified as part of the Growth Point Bid by Lancashire councils including Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre which want to build 20,000 new homes on sites across the county.

That controversial project is being debated by individual local councils.