England: Bolton fans await stadium listing decision
source: BoltonNews.co.uk; author: michał
They managed to protect Macron Stadium from being sold without notice but their efforts are opposed by Bolton Wanderers. Now both fans and the club await final decision. A Bolton News report.
Yesterday, a hearing was held to determine whether the home of Bolton Wanderers will continue to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV), amid a row between the club and a supporters’ trust.
Wanderers supporters managed to secure the asset listing earlier this year, which means the stadium could not be sold without public notification. It's a way used more and more commonly throughout England as fans hope to safeguard their clubs' future.
It's a tool often opposed by club owners and management. And in Bolton owner Ken Anderson appealed the decision to Bolton Council, claiming the ACV is ‘fundamentally restrictive’ to his plans to refinance the club. The ACV listing became a major issue between the club and supporters trust.
Now both sides await final decision, which has no time frame at the time. It will only be made after full evaluation. A council spokesman said: “A review of the council’s decision to list the Macron Stadium as an asset of community value has been undertaken and the reviewing officer is currently considering the representations made by all parties. A decision will be communicated in due course.”