Proposals for an upgraded stadium at Park View Road in Welling have been submitted.
Space below new homes would be used as a Welling United club bar, new turnstiles as well as other commercial space.
I’m liking the club’s name proudly emblazoned along the new building seen in renders.
Red tiles would also adorn the lower level of the new block.
The ground would see a capacity of 4,000 spectators with 1,400 seats with new housing along Park View Road.
One downside is wayward shots flying into Park View Road with a cheer – as a ball boy sent to recover – would be a thing of the past. Let’s hope they’re some strong windows.
That reminds me when the Italian car dealership on the other side of Park View Road road – where balls would bounce – once sponsored the ground.
The name of the car dealership? San Siro, whose name thus adorned the main stand.
Who needs to go to Milan?
Welling United first moved to the ground in 1977. Erith and Belvedere then moved back in 1999. Their old ground is now Asda beside Belvedere station if I recall correctly. A new stand was built in 2004.
Much of the ground though dates from decades ago and the club state:” The football stadium grounds and facilities are in need of renovation. The current facilities are poor and outdated, there is a lack of facilities which hinders the usability of the stadium.”
As for these plans they seem decent enough. We see 104 homes which is welcome. That helps fund an improved ground and sport facilities for local youth. It brings Bexley Council money to boot.
Grass roots football is a source of enjoyment for many. Lets hope this brings a sustainable future.
The plans state a new pitch would increase playable time from 10 hours to 50+ hours (all weather) a week. Youth teams could expand to 1,000 people.
A new stand would be built where the somewhat decrepit original seated stand resides.
Plans can be viewed here, and in other non-league football ground news, Ebbsfleet are also planning to build a new stadium.
That plan is more ambitious with an 8,000-capacity stadium and 3,500 homes.