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orco

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by orco on Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:29 pm

The Trust AGM is on Sunday and it is hoped that there will be an update from the Stadium Management Company on the agenda.
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Liviforever

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by Liviforever on Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:43 pm

Have no idea if their plans have changed, that was over a year ago when Burchill was still in charge of the team, and we were in the Championship. He also said there would be more transparency for the fans to know what was going on, and that they'd be having regular meetings with fans groups like the Trust, that all seems to have fallen by the wayside.

It's patently obvious we need a new pitch though, so something will need done during the close season. Either reseeding it again or a 3G pitch put down. If they can't get their plans accepted by the council to lease out the stadium then they need to come up with an alternative plan to get a new pitch installed, preferably a plastic one.
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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by Afro on Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:45 pm

orco wrote:The Trust AGM is on Sunday and it is hoped that there will be an update from the Stadium Management Company on the agenda.

How did this, and the AGM in general go, orco?
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LiviCub

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by LiviCub on Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:17 pm

Afro wrote:
LiviCub wrote:Agree that we should have an artificial pitch but no danger, the council won't approve or even listen to us until the club is dead and they can flog the land for private houses or another retail park.

That, or they won't see it as a sound investment until we're an established Championship club with an average home attendance of at least 1,700.

I agree and disagree with you LC. Again, using Clyde/Broadwood/NLC as an example: AFAIK, Cumbernauld Colts' massive youth setup currently far more money for the council as opposed to Clyde's use of it two nights a week plus every second Saturday. In reality, it wouldn't really matter if 1 man and his dug or 10,000 punters turned up to watch Livi - it would be the money the pitch brought in outwith Saturday at 3pm which would be the real selling point from WLC's perspective. If an advanced artificial pitch was laid at Almondvale, it would in theory provide a central hub for youth teams across the town and in the surrounding areas. Not to mention that most of Livi's training would be brought into one place, considering the existing field turf's age.

I see they're also revamping the pitches behind Craigswood sports centre; between that, and the relatively new pitch at Murie, maybe that punts this idea onto the back burner, unfortunately?

I would be hopeful that whoever at the Tony Macarena is trying to make this happen would have the imagination to propose a system to WLC whereby LFC's flat rate currently paid on the rent is brought down, with a % of revenue brought in from a 4G pitch taken by the Council to supplement this. Hell, that may even work out better for us all round, but someone will have to crunch numbers instead of the current ambivalent proposal in place.

There is the possibility that even a small crowd like we currently get can be compensated with youth, amateur and junior teams using the facility when the team doesn't. But as you've mentioned, Murieston and Craigshill have or will have a facility plus Broxburn and Armadale have their own. So if the board were to have this meeting, they've really got to sell it that the location is ideal for teams based more in the north of the town.

Although the Courier briefly reported it, I'm pretty confident that this proposed meeting with WLC will result into nothing. That's not just a pessimistic opinion, that is a result of minimal off-the-park action that the current board have taken (which we know of) and the laissez-faire approach by WLC.

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Re: Artificial pitches

Post by orco on Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:10 pm

Afro wrote:
orco wrote:The Trust AGM is on Sunday and it is hoped that there will be an update from the Stadium Management Company on the agenda.

How did this, and the AGM in general go, orco?

The Stadium Management Company are still talking to the Council but no guarantees as yet.
The AGM wasn't well attended. The Trust need new blood but folk don't seem to want to commit.

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