Rugby and football clubs to stay put for next season

Rugby and football clubs to stay put for next season

Both Melksham Rugby and Football Clubs will remain at their existing site for the 2015/16 season, avoiding the need for transition arrangements and costs.

Plans to develop a community campus in Melksham will see the football and rugby clubs, which are currently based on the Melksham House site, move to a new site at Woolmore Farm.

The clubs were scheduled to move to the new site for part of the 2015/16 season and interim transition arrangements would have been put in place while the new site was developed. However, due to environmental and access issues, both clubs will now be able to continue to play at the existing site next season and move to the new facilities ready for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Work on the community campus will start following the move of the clubs in July 2016 with completion expected in late 2017.

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for campuses, said:

“The change to the timetable, which has arisen due to matters out of our control, does mean a seamless transition for both clubs to their new pitches and no disruption as a result of interim arrangements.

“We are investing significantly into the Melksham Campus and I look forward to delivering a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit the entire community.”

Wiltshire Council is investing nearly £80 million in local communities to provide improved facilities and services across the county. As a result, communities will enjoy modern and accessible facilities.

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