PONTEFRACT cricketer Tim Bresnan was so bowled over by Castleford Tigers’ plans to sell its ground for a supermarket development he was one the first 3,000 people to sign a petition backing the scheme.
The England and Yorkshire all-rounder added his name to a document in support of the club’s proposal to build a “large format food store” at its current home on Wheldon Road so it can get the funding needed for its new 13,000-capacity stadium in Glass Houghton.
Last week, Tigers chief executive Richard Wright revealed how the ambitious plan – which could secure the club’s future in the Super League – will spark regeneration across the Five Towns to the tune of £150m.
Tim, who watched as Tigers beat Harlequins 56-24 at the Probiz Coliseum on Sunday, said: “The club is pretty much a rugby league super power and this is something the town needs to be proud of and help maintain.
“The supermarket development here will not only be good for the club but the town and the district as well, its win-win.”
The petition, which is being organised by supporters group Tigers Together, will be presented to the council when the club applies for planning permission for the development.
The group and Castleford Tigers Supporters’ Club (CTSC) hope to collect 15,000 signatures in support of the plan in five weeks.
Kevin Lloyd, chairman of Tigers Together, said: “The petition has exceeded our wildest expectations, with in excess of 3,000 signatures being collected in just four days.
“The support really has been overwhelming, with lots of positive comments and backing for the development.”
The group has organised a series of roadshows where residents can sign the petition and show their support for the proposal.
On Saturday June 4, from 1pm, the group will join forces with CTSC to collect signatures at Xscape and Junction 32 shopping outlet. They will also be joined by Castleford Tigers’ cheerleaders and the club mascot.
Visit www.wakefield.gov.uk and search for ‘petitions’ to sign the petition.
Paper copies are available at the Tigers’ Den in Castleford’s Carlton Lanes shopping centre. Residents cannot sign both petitions.