Park Hall (above) the site for the proposed new sports park and TNS stadium
ON the day TNS called a press conference to announce plans for a new super stadium in Oswestry, it has been revealed that the club is also close to completing the purchase of Park Hall Stadium, the former home of Oswestry Town.
Oswestry Town Council confirmed today that final negotiations between the council and the football club over the sale of the ex-Army stadium had taken place.
Today, TNS managing director Mike Harris would not be drawn on whether the Park Hall purchase was linked to the new stadium plans, or where the site for the new ground might be.
The club said that it is working in partnership with Oswestry Borough Council to create a new sports park in the town, which potentially will include the provision of a new 3,000 seater stadium meeting Uefa criteria.
According to Council leader Betty Gull, 'Oswald Park' will occupy 25 acres, so it appears unlikely that Park Hall could form the centrepiece of such a plan, unless additional land adjacent to the stadium can be made available.
The decision by Oswestry Town Council to sell Park Hall followed a review of services the council provides and whether they offered value for money to council tax payers.
Town clerk Mr David Preston stressed today that the sale of the ground was subject to Oswestry Olympians athletics club retaining the right to use the facilities.
But Mike Harris confirmed at today's press conference that the proposed 'new' stadium would not include a running track within its confines.
The Council bought the stadium from Shropshire County Council five years ago to secure the facility for leisure use by local people, but Oswestry Town Football Club soon became the main user of the facilities.
It has fallen into disrepair since vacated by Town and has a badly-maintained playing surface which is subject to flooding. Saints' reserves, youth and ladies sides currently use the stadium on a casual hire basis.
Whatever the direction of the new stadium in Oswestry, it is not thought likely that Saints will pull out of Treflan in the immediate future.
Building of the planned new stadium, which is subject to adoption by local planners and successful outside funding, would not start until 2007 according to the Council.