Car parking costs revealed for new Boston United Community Stadium

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More details have been revealed on how Boston United’s new ground will look and operate – including the cost to park there on match days. Chestnut Homes has applied to Boston Borough Council to have a number of details for the Pilgrim’s new Community Stadium approved to meet the conditions […]

More details have been revealed on how Boston United’s new ground will look and operate – including the cost to park there on match days.

Chestnut Homes has applied to Boston Borough Council to have a number of details for the Pilgrim’s new Community Stadium approved to meet the conditions set when planning was approved for The Quadrant.

The details give an idea of how the ground will be screened, the lighting, speaker system and CCTV operation as well as how the car park for the Pilgrim’s new home will be managed.

The plans show the cost to park at any of the stadium’s four, colour-coded car parks on match day will be £2 – but the price could be reviewed in the future.

The documents state: “The cost of match day parking will be kept low to encourage the use of the club car parks and help reduce parking in adjacent roads.

“Initially the cost will be £2 per car but may be reviewed upwards in future in line with general cost increases.

“To ease match day management, season parking tickets will be sold, with the ticket holder having a designated parking space. Car Park 1 will be the primary “pre-paid” car park.”

Fans will be able to pay by cash or card at the entrance to each car park, which will be on a one-way system starting at car park 2 and working around until car park 4.

Disabled spaces will be pre-booked.

The new community stadium for Boston United

The management plan also reveals what measures will be in place for when a large number of people are expected at the most popular fixtures.

It states: “For more popular fixtures where a large number of car parking spaces are expected to be occupied, a phased release of cars may be implemented in accordance with the match day event plan at the end of the game.

“Visiting clubs will be given details of parking arrangements ahead of a match.”

The application also details CCTV arrangements as well as the position of speakers.

Principal Environmental Health Officer, Nick Davies, has asked for further information about the stadium’s proposed PA system so it does not impact on people living near the stadium.

He said: “The north stand is closest to housing on Tytton Lane East and therefore the speakers on the elevation facing these properties could be potentially be an issue if they also broadcast every message during the game as well as those inside the ground.

“Can the applicant provide further detail on the control system for the PA systems? For example can individual speakers be muted? If they can then announcements during a match in the ground can be limited to speakers in the ground only.”

The application will be determined by Boston Borough Council in due course.

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Boston United are currently playing matched at their temporary home, the Northolme in Gainsborough, as the club’s new Community Stadium nears completion.

In line with the latest coronavirus restrictions, fans are not yet allowed at football stadiums and grounds, with games being played behind closed doors.

The Pilgrims are due to start their National League North campaign at Leamington on Tuesday, October 6.

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