From the M.E.N. article
‘‘There is no land to develop".
‘‘The land I was asked to develop is not even available.’’
“We want to find Swinton Lions a suitable, long term home. The former Ambrose Barlow school site was considered but has been ruled out because of the impact on local residents, difficulty with parking and access and the need for a new primary school and houses in Swinton.
“We have identified a number of potential sites and we will be pursuing those options directly with Swinton Lions.”
To my way of thinking, the above comments need clarification at an early date. It may well be time for our fans and the local community in general to voice our passionate feelings towards those elements within the council who appear to be obstructing the way forward for the Lions to return home.
And in my view, the days of being patient and deferential towards those who hold the reigns of power must end forthwith. Being patient after 23 long years is simply not an option anymore. The people of S & P are crying out for a modest stadium to be established for our historic club.
We need to make a great deal of loud (but polite) noise. Possibly a revamp of the stadium petition aimed at the council/councillors. They say 'unity is strength'. That being the case, we should all unite and push this seemingly uncaring administration into finally shaping themselves in our favour for a change.
After all, where's the justice in this situation? Look at all the other clubs (Salford, Leigh, St Helens, Warrington etc) who have built new stadia whilst still having their own adequate grounds. Only the other day Castleford were given the thumbs up for their new ground.
But clubs like ours and perhaps fellow strugglers Oldham are constantly being overlooked and treated like dirt by those whose role it should be to be helpful at the very least.
23 (very long) years and counting!
PS. Perhaps the club will consider adding this current situation to their agenda for Thursday night at Swinton Legion. I'm sure we'd all like to have our minds clear on this most important of issues.