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Alan Pardew backs Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) initiative

6 years ago
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At today’s pre-match Leicester press conference, Alan Pardew has praised the work of the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST).

The Newcastle manager has called the Trust’s success in getting St.James’ Park named an ‘Asset of Community Value’, “A real positive of this week.”

NUST had made the application to Newcastle City Council and after the regulatory time period ended, the Council this week have announced that the application was successful.

St.James’ Park now joins the likes of Anfield and Old Trafford, amongst many others, as stadiums in the Premier League and the lower tiers of English football that have this added prestige and protection.

When asked whether he thought St.James’ Park being listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’, Alan Pardew answered;

“Well of course.

“It sits like a cathedral in the middle of our City.

“It is an honour place for our fans and it is great that it has been honoured in that way.

“So I think that is a real positive of this week.”

The listing is for five years and also includes a right to bid should St.James’ Park be put up for sale. A right to bid can be lodged by the group concerned within six weeks, with finance secured in a period of up to four-and-a-half months.

It means St.James’ Park can’t be sold without the local community being told about it, and them being given the opportunity to bid for it themselves.

One of the positives we’ve always had as Newcastle fans is that whoever owns the club doesn’t also own the land, with the Freemen of the City retaining the title of the land.

So making St.James’ Park  an ‘Asset Of Community Value’ is at the moment mainly symbolic, though as football fans you never know what is around the corner and one day the Freemen may change their position, for whatever reasons.

For all the details on the Asset of Community Value (ACV) listing go [intlink id=”48913″ type=”post”]HERE.[/intlink]

To find out more and/or to join NUST go HERE

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