Theres enough money to give championship clubs £800k - £1m grant per season...and league one clubs £250,000 per season...as well as giving each super league club £1.8m per season....all that dishing out of cash still leaves the RFL with £5m+ per season to spend on development,promotion etc..
what you have to take into account too is the fact the sainsburys site is privately owned,infact sainsburys still lease the site at a cost of £1m a year iirc...buying the place will cost more than the stadium you'd be putting on it...thats why its stood empty for 10-11 years..
where as melrose fields is owned by the RFL...the possibilities are endless....a partnership between RO & the RFL deliver a regional/development/community RL facility that would be the base for local amateur & "pro" RL teams as well as potentially being a base to train referees,host england training sessions,england academy test matches as well as local schools & amateur finals...
and as long as the development is aesthetically pleasing and adds facilties to the area i don't think planning will be as big a issue some make out...we would'nt be building a huge stadium...infact it would'nt be much different to a stadium down in dartford,kent....princes park,capacity 4,000
that place cost £7m but it does have alot of fancy,energy saving,"eco ######" built into it,grass roof,solar cells etc...and a training pitch at the side too.....it could have been built for less but you'll probably get more grants for building "green" these days lol
Reading that link above from 2006 i think every single patch of land in oldham was considered...
I think RO should really consider going back to hollinwood with a proposal..i think RO should build "the terrace", that they've long offered CH for whitebank,at the melrose playing fields and over time develop the site into a true RL facility for the whole of RL in oldham,be home to hollinwood as well as school finals,standard cup etc...and one day ORLFC will become tennents at the RO facility....Being a charity RO can apply for grants that ORLFC can't...it would be far easier for RO to move forward on its own.
Melrose fields of dream....built it and they will come..
just been messing about on google earth & ms paint...
the smaller red rectangle is a full sized 65m x 115m pitch for hollinwood
the larger red rectangle is large enough for a 4,000+ capacity "community" stadium...two touchline stands,7/8 rows/steps high with a capacity of 1000 each...and two terraced goalends,again 7/8 rows/steps high, with a capacity of 1000+ each (its more like 1650+ going of the 1 v 1.8 standing ratio)
the blue area - car parking?
theres also scope to add a tram station too....don't worry i'll pay for that
he is in respect to our season being too long...but the matter of the fact is its eff all to do with him and the england team forfills all its international obligations...as do wales,scotland & ireland......so his first comment in is new post is pretty much redundant