Store plan boost

Members of Tigers' Together (a group of fans)  launching a petition urging residents to back the club's planning application for a supermarket on its Wheldon Road ground.'left - right, Phil Thornton, Jaine Hart, Liam McNally, Kevin Lloyd, Paul Burns-Williamson
Members of Tigers' Together (a group of fans) launching a petition urging residents to back the club's planning application for a supermarket on its Wheldon Road ground.'left - right, Phil Thornton, Jaine Hart, Liam McNally, Kevin Lloyd, Paul Burns-Williamson

A PETITION supporting Castleford Tigers’ plan to sell its ground for a supermarket development has hit 22,000 signatures.

Fans smashed an original target of 15,000 signatures and presented a 19,398 signature document in support of the scheme – which will provide all the funding for the club’s new £12m stadium in Glass Houghton – to Wakefield Council chiefs in July.

Kevin Lloyd, chairman of the Tigers Together group which organised the petition with Castleford Tigers Supporters’ Club, said: “We have had more petition sheets handed in since July. This shows the tremendous support for the plans and the importance the local community places on the development of the new stadium.”

Earlier this year Tigers chiefs’ announced the club had signed a deal with Opus Land (North) Ltd to help it redevelop its Wheldon Road home for a “large format food store”.

It is believed the pioneering scheme could create 2,000 jobs and spark £150m of investment in the Five Towns.

Opus this week revealed it is in a “key stage” of negotiations with food retailers interested in the site and hopes to submit a planning application later this year.

Andrew Duncan, director, said: “In these talks we will be stressing the strength of feeling in the local community and the support for the development being given by the local MP Yvette Cooper, local politicians and the club’s commercial and community partners.”