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Take us Home - Buy shares before the deadline - 3D Video

We’ve Come So Far

This time last year we had no agreement on a site for our ground, a few sketches of what we might build, a few quid in the DF and a lot of enthusiasm.

In 12 months, we have a site to develop and outline agreement with the council. We have over two thirds of what we need in the DF. We have launched a landmark Community Share Scheme. We have a design team that has secured us Full Planning Permission. We have huge public support, both in Newton Heath and across the country for what we are trying to achieve. And we have a council that wants us to deliver real community benefit in the area.

A tremendous effort has been made by everyone to get us this far and put the club in the most favourable position possible.

Make no mistake what an achievement raising £1.1 million pounds in Community Shares in the current economic climate is. Phenomenal.

£330k in Development Fund donations shows what can be achieved through sheer effort and good will of all of you.

But we are still short of our targets required to continue our progress.

We have created a 3D visualisation of what the ground could look like if we raise sufficient funds. The video is only an artist’s impression and the final materials and finish of the buildings are yet to be decided. The next part of the consultation process will be early next week when members will have the opportunity to give the design team and project board their feedback on the design process so far. Consultation with our members will then continue throughout the design phase including a presentation at the General Meeting on April 7th.

If you have a good broadband connection and wish to watch the video in HIgh Definition then select ’HD’ on the video player.

From Pledges to Cash

We have £1.1m already in shares and we have pledges from people saying that they will buy shares totalling another £200,000. But we need that money in now – so if you’ve pledged to buy shares, please submit your application as soon as possible.

Over 1,000 members have already bought shares. But that means that 2,000 members have not. We appreciate that times are hard but if you have not yet bought any shares then please do so if you can. If all of those 2,000 members put in the minimum £200, we will be there.

And everyone knows family members, friends or work colleagues that support what we’re doing. Get them involved! – pick up leaflets at the match, circulate the web site link, send them an email.

If you have already made a purchase then please consider a further purchase of shares. Simply complete a second application form and write ‘Second Application’ on the top of the form.

Forms are available from the membership stall on a matchdays, from the FC office or online at www.fc-utd.co.uk/communityshares

Other Funding

We have started applying for grant funding and have put a lot of effort in to securing that money. But grant funding bodies want to see the colour of our money – the £2m we said we will raise. That is really important to helping those applications be successful. And the first step is £1.5m in community shares.

We have put up a separate blog to update you about other funding. But make no mistake how important delivering our side of the bargain is to helping that process.

2012 or 2013?

In the last two weeks we have shortlisted and interviewed potential main contractors for the build project. We want to put the contract out to tender in the Spring and we need to start building in the summer if we want to be at Ten Acres Lane for the 2012 season. But we can’t start building without the cash.

If the money comes in from the Community Shares AND the Development Fund AND the grants we can do that AND we will be in our own ground for the start of the 2012-13 season.

We have set an ambitious target that few people outside our club believed we could raise in the current economic climate. FC has marked the last five years by achieving the seemingly impossible. One more push and our biggest achievement of all will be that bit closer.

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First Posted ~ 16:54 Fri 4 Mar 2011
News ID ~ 3417
Last Updated ~ 16:54 Fri 4 Mar 2011