Work to resume on Northampton Town stadium

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Northampton Town Football Club will resume work on stadium redevelopment 10 months after workers downed their tools in a payment dispute.

The soccer club’s chairman, Kelvin Thomas, said phase one of the redevelopment will be completed by early April with a newly constructed East Stand at Sixfields Stadium.

Phase one will see the East Stand have 1,924 seats when completed in time for the final home games of the season, and will increase the stadium’s capacity to 8,000.

Thomas told the club website, “There has been a lot of work done in the last couple of months, working closely with builders Buckingham Group.

“We are very excited to confirm publicly that together we are starting the process of putting the stadium back together.

“It is important to us all that the club has a four-sided stadium again and this is the beginning of that work.”

Planning permission for redevelopment was granted in November 2013 but has since been halted a number of times, the most recent of which was in October 2014.

Questions were raised as to the whereabouts of US$14.2m lent to the club by Northampton Borough Council between September 2013 and August 2014.

The club is now subject to an ongoing criminal investigation over the financial irregularities at the club under the ownership of previous chairman David Cardoza, who sold his stake to Kelvin Thomas.

February 26, 2016

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