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Ipswich: Special protection for Portman Road

08:48 04 September 2013

Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road

Ipswich Town Football Club, Portman Road

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The home of the Super Blues has been protected to prevent future council chiefs 
selling the ground for redevelopment.

Ipswich Town’s Portman Road has been registered as an Asset of Community Value by Ipswich Borough Council, who owns the freehold to the stadium.

It means any future administration of the council would have to give the local community six months to raise money to buy the ground before selling the freehold.

The move, which would act as a brake on any sale, was yesterday welcomed by Ipswich Town 1st, the supporters’ trust.

Colin Kreidewolf, secretary of Ipswich Town 1st, said: “We appreciate that the current IBC administration have no desire to sell Portman Road, and are pleased to see it remaining in public ownership.

“Having ACV status means that any future administration at the council wouldn’t be able to change that situation without involving supporters and local people.”

Borough leader David Ellesmere said: “The current council administration has no intention of selling Portman Road.

“We are very happy to support listing Portman Road as an Asset of Community Value to give supporters the reassurance they need that ITFC will remain in the heart of Ipswich.”

2 comments

  • What a gross misuse of the Assets of Community Value designation. This was something introduced to protect things that are vital assets to a LOCAL community, such as the last pub in an isolated village. Not a business that's soaking in cash and won't even pay the back-rent it owes the council.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • Hi beerlover. The application for ACV was made by the Ipswich Town Supporters Trust, not the football club. The aim of the application was to provide some protection and transparency for Portman Road's place in the community, not for the protection of ITFC as a business - they do not own the ground and were not involved in the application (and have not thus far responded to it in any way).As a move to safeguard the interests of Ipswich Town supporters and the local community, it seems to me to be an entirely appropriate use of the legislation.

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    Gav

    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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