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Council to decide on new Romford FC stadium tonight

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 October 2018

This season Romford have been sharing a ground with East Thurrock United. Photo: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

This season Romford have been sharing a ground with East Thurrock United. Photo: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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Havering Council will make a decision tonight on whether to allow Romford FC to build a brand new stadium at Westlands and return to the borough for the first time in 10 years.

Romford Chairman Steve Gardener was delighted with the news. (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Romford Chairman Steve Gardener was delighted with the news. (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The club submitted a planning application to build a new stadium earlier this year and it has been recommended for approval by the council planning committee.

For the last 27 years the club has been operating without a home, and for the last decade they have been playing outside of Havering.

Last season they played home games at Ship Lane and ground shared with Thurrock FC and this season they have been doing the same with East Thurrock United.

If approved by councillors tonight (Thursday, October 25) a new stadium will be built on Westlands Playing Fields, that will include floodlights, a club house, a food kiosk, stand and 22 parking spaces.

Last night plans for a new Romford FC stadium at Westlands were approved by Havering Council.Last night plans for a new Romford FC stadium at Westlands were approved by Havering Council.

The application will give Romford three years to start work on the stadium, and a number of other conditions will also be in place.

Chairman Steve Gardener has said he is hopeful the application will be approved, and if it does he is aiming for it to be a “community facility”.

He said it will not only be for a first team, reserves, U21, and U18, but also the wider community.

He told the Recorder: “We believe its an excellent project not just for Romford Football Club but for the whole community.

“This will be a great opportunity for the council to facilitate our move back to the borough.”

“I am hopeful it can be a factor to get more people to come to watch football in the borough again, alongside doing some valuable community work.”

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