max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C


Stowmarket: Call for major new sport and leisure site as Stowmarket Town Football Club looks to expand

06:00 23 April 2014

Stowmarket has "outgrown" its sporting facilities, according to a Mid Suffolk District Council boss

Stowmarket has "outgrown" its sporting facilities, according to a Mid Suffolk District Council boss

© Mike Page all rights reserved. Before any use is made of this image including display, publication, broadcast, syndication or

A council boss has admitted that a “rapidly-growing” town has outgrown its sports facilities – as it searches for a major site where a new leisure centre and football club could be based.


Stowmarket Town Football Club and Mid Suffolk District Council have gone “back to the drawing board” in their hunt to find a location for the sports facilities in the town.

David Benham, corporate manager for economic development and tourism at Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils, made the comments about the town. He said it was proving difficult to find the right site but the search was continuing.

“We did a report looking at potential sites but they were just looking at sites that might be suitable, they were not technically looking at where possibly to have the sports facilities,” he said.

“The town is growing at a rapid rate – it’s been outgrown. It’s not easy, we cannot magic the sites up. We would have to pay for the site and find the money – it’s not straight forward.”

Last year Mid Suffolk compiled a list of about half a dozen possible sites for the football club and leisure centre. Nigel Jarvis, director of projects for Stowmarket Town Football Club, said the continued search for the right site, was proving a “stumbling block” for the club.

“Stowmaket’s facilities are a poor relation to other clubs like Walsham and Needham; and thinking about the size of the town and the developments taking place it would nice to get the facilities to match,” he said. “Mid Suffolk and the local councillors have provided a great deal of support and continue to do so. We are working with them to try to find a suitable site.

“We are very keen to move; without moving somewhere the club is not going to progress. We have 16-17 youth teams and a girls’ team was recently set up – the club is trying to go places. Without moving to a different facility we will not attract funding.”

The club is currently based at Greens Meadow but the ground is prone to flooding and has limited opportunities for expansion.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Woman conned by bogus caller (Stock photo)

A Hadleigh woman who lost £2,500 in a police scam has warned others to be alert to the crime.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

She was last seen in the area of Downside Close in Ipswich.

Concern is growing for a 49-year-old woman who has gone missing in Ipswich.

Part of Sue Brooks' photograph of pupils and staff at Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, in 1952. Are you in the picture?

I recently asked readers if they had memories of Fonnereau House School, Ipswich, which was in Fonnereau Road, close to High Street.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenager must pay nearly £300 in fines and court costs after admitting being drunk and disorderly in Kesgrave.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Doors reopen on the new look East of England Co-op Daily store in Woodbridge Thoroughfare. Staff members, left to right, Chloe Williams, James Buckles, Shirley Pierce.

Shoppers were greeted by the sight of a new-look Co-op on their high street yesterday, when a Suffolk branch of the store reopened following three weeks of refurbishment.

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Dan Poulter with Lord Robert Winston

ES 18.3.11

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet training day at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire has come under fire from Conservative MP and former minister Dr Dan Poulter.

Childhood obesity figures revealed

One in 10 Suffolk children will become obese or overweight before leaving primary school, new figures have revealed.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24