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Bid to block new home of football

23/Nov/2010

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PLANS by the Town of Vincent to use Mt Hawthorn sporting venue Litis Stadium as the new home for Football West have angered nearby residents and reserve users.

Friends of Britannia spokesman Graham Lantzke said there had been a lack of traffic, parking and noise impact studies, and labelled the planned three-storey administration building “inappropriate”.

Town chief executive John Giorgi said the studies would be part of the project.

The Master Plan for the facility and adjoining Britannia Reserve proposes extensive earthworks to level the site and the building of a new headquarters for Football West administration.

Further works would involve a new artificial playing pitch, lighting upgrades and installation of CCTV.

Football West chief executive Peter Hugg said the proposal would involve the relocation of the group from Maylands, with about 20 sports administrators working from the site throughout the week.

“In terms of training and education, the Litis Stadium will be used by our junior representative teams and squads for training under our High Performance Program, and as part of our National Training Centre commitment to the FFA, football’s national body,” he said.

However, Mr Lantzke said construction of the Football West facility would have little benefit for residents or reserve users.

“(Residents) get absolutely nothing out of that venue and it would be great if it could be used for residents, like a men’s shed or something else like that,” Mr Lantzke said.

Community consultation will close on Monday, November 29 and a report will be submitted to council in March next year.


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