Talking West Cheshire

Two bids to save league football at Deva Stadium

21 April 2010

Cheshire West and Chester Council has received two detailed expressions of interest in maintaining league football at the Deva Stadium.

One is from Chester Fans United - the supporters group that declared its interest weeks ago - and the other from a Danish Consortium, Fodbold Selskabet.

Today (Wednesday) Chief Executive Steve Robinson said that he anticipated that a decision on the successful bidder would be made by the end of the month to meet the Football Association’s registration deadline - believed to be in the second week of  May.

A panel, including two independent senior local businessmen, and an advisor with experience of establishing a Phoenix Club, will consider business cases presented  by both parties next Thursday on 29 April.

Council representatives will include Council Leader Mike Jones, Chief Executive Steve Robinson and Cllr Richard Short, Executive Member for Culture.

Said Mr Robinson: “Business cases are being analysed at the moment and a report will be presented to the meeting. We are looking for a sound, sustainable business case with a vital community involvement which will ensure the future of league football in Chester.

“Obviously there may be some follow-up enquiries but we are aiming to make a decision in good time for the successful applicant to make the registration date.”

The Chief Executive added that the authority had invited private sector involvement to  ensure an strictly independent view from senior business representatives with a wide interest in Chester and the community.