Sale Sharks have broadcast they want to come home to Sale. Their proposed move is to Crossford Bridge Playing fields. This move came out of the blue to many including the clubs that are already on the site. The site is well used and home to Sale United United Football Club, Sale Harriers and Old Alts ,which together enjoys memberships of over 1.1k children, 200 volunteer coaches, 12 schools and is also used by over 2000 children every week.
Rob Duncan Conservative Candidate for Priory Ward who is working with the clubs says: "On top of the clubs that play on Crossford bridge playing field, there is the long history and love the community have for the green space. The site is Green Belt, used by dog walkers, families and known for its wildlife. All this will be affected if this goes ahead, add this to the planned infrastructure, buildings and match day traffic".
Sale Sharks are proposing to build a 12,000 + capacity stadium.
"It's clear that much of the present green space will be taken up with car parking, an issue that is suffered by Sale Sharks at their present stadium. One can only imagine the increase in cars, coaches, litter, noise and pollution that will come hand in hand with this proposal and blight the lives of the residents"
Rob says: "The clubs are not seeking to halt the return of Sale Sharks to Sale but that the Save Crossford Bridge campaigners are seeking for meaningful consultation with all interested parties to find an alternative site which will be mutually beneficial to both local communities and Sale Sharks"