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Progress on Crossford Bridge

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In view of the massive amount of publicity around Sale Sharks’ announcement on Thursday that they would like to build a new rugby stadium at Crossford Bridge Sports Ground, I thought that you might be interested to read this initial statement from the member clubs who currently use the site.

“The Crossford Bridge Management Association (CBMA) and its members (Sale Harriers, Sale Utd and Old Alts) would welcome Sale Sharks in returning to the area, it would be excellent to have a professional sports club in the town, however it must not be to the detriment or loss of 3 well established community sporting clubs totalling over 250 years of history.

The CBMA delivers sporting facilities and activities to over 2000 children and families each and every week, offering a diverse range of sports not collectively available elsewhere in the area.

We are also very concerned for the local residents and wider community who would lose what little green space there is available in Sale for walking, jogging, dog walking, children’s play area and much needed open space which has been an essential lifeline to support mental health for thousands in recent months.

We are open to hearing and discussing the detailed plans and proposals of Sale Sharks, which we must stress has not happened to date, but it is essential we do not lose the current facilities and green space.”

BRIAN CLARK : r60brc@btinternet.com