Planning permission granted to add 100 seated stand

Planning permission has been granted to put a 100 seated stand in place at Ilkley Town Football club. This is a major milestone in developing football facilities in the town and will vastly improve the experience for spectators.

Bradford Planners made the announcement on Christmas Eve giving the club an early Christmas present. The stand will go at the western side of the ground to provide the best shelter possible from the prevailing westerly winds.

Providing spectator facilities is necessary for the club to retain its league status. 50 seats are needed for the current level and 100 seats are needed should the men's first team be promoted to the Counties Premier division.

The planning application was supported by over 130 local residents.

The club continues to grow with  a record 690 registered players this season starting at age 5 and up to the super veterans aged 60.

Club Chairman, Richard Giles said

"This is about more than just the first team. The club is growing at all age groups. In addition more people are coming to watch games whether that be to see the junior teams, the women or indeed the men's first team. The seated stand will cater for supporters who prefer to sit to watch the game. It will also provide shelter from the wind and rain which is not uncommon at Ben Rhydding!"

Work is expected to begin in the New Year and the first 50 seats are expected to be in use from February.