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Swann: Iron negotiating hurdles in stadium project

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Iron Chairman Peter Swann has told BBC Radio Humberside that the club are having to negotiate ‘big’ hurdles in their attempt to build a new 12,000 seater stadium on the proposed Lincolnshire Lakes site.

Swann confirmed that advisors from Lucent Group are no longer working on the project, but that the KMG Strategic Land Fund have taken over.

“We are going to move in to the stadium.

“The problem is, the hurdles that are in front of me at the moment are quite big compared to eight months ago.

“Theres a lot of changes with regards to the land developers. Lucents’ advisors now, are not really employed by KMG to do the land development, but KMG are doing it.

“KMG are, or were the fund behind Lucents. Lucents were just the advisors.

“Charlie Flynn and Ernie (Battey) were people working for Lucents who we all know now don’t. We can see that and it’s pretty obvious but KMG have taken over the reigns.

“There has been a few things that need to be addressed, but they are being addressed and we are going forward with it.

Swann could not put a time frame on acquiring the land, but confirmed they would start developing as soon as possible.

“In the end, inevitably there are delays when this happens but as far as I’m concerned I’ve have been told by everybody involved that we will get the land so as soon as I’ve got it we will start developing it.

“Realistically we are looking at 18 months, aren’t we? It probably isn’t going to be next season, it will be the season after.

“I don’t think the fans should be concerned. We are on top of it now and we are just waiting for the funding issues to be settled and hoping we can get our piece of land.

“I know the council are working very hard to make that happen. These things happen, things change as you go through an agreement or a project this big.

“I’m pretty confident everything is going to go forward. The delays, I can’t do anything about it.

“I can just make sure Scunthorpe United are ready to start building and we are.

“Im a bit gutted. You work hard. The sooner we are in our stadium the more in control of our future we will be.”



Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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