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It has long been the case that Swindon Town FC have wanted to secure their own future by means of a new stadium development. At least in theory, such a move would benefit the club by improving facilities for spectators, raising capacity, and allowing the club to make money from the stadium on more than just match days.

At a council meeting on 22nd July 2004, the club's plans for a new stadium and sports village on the former landfill site at Shaw were effectively killed off by a vote in favour of backing the existing intention to eventually turn the whole site into a community forest.

The club, and development partners St Modwen Properties have stated that it is still their intention to look for alternative sites for their plans, though to date no specific sites have been named by the club.

At a meeting in June 2004, Trust members voted to back the club's intention of building a new stadium. The minutes of that meeting can be read by clicking on this link

In July 2004, TrustSTFC launched a petition to the council, urging them to work with the club to identify a suitable location for a new stadium, or to assist the club in redeveloping the County Ground if a site for a new stadium cannot be found within the Borough. The petition can be downloaded from this site by clicking on this link

In October 2004, A cross party group of councillors tabled a motion to Swindon Borough Council calling on the council and the New Swindon Company to work with the club to examine the viability of including a revamped County Ground within the proposed Town centre redevelopment.

Links :-
Background to County Ground motion
Questions & Answers
Background to St Modwen Properties Plc
Minutes of Trust members meeting to decide Trust policy on the new stadium
Stadium News

TrustSTFC are keen to see a healthy debate about the issues surrounding the new stadium. A new section has been added to our discussion forums to deal specifically with new stadium issues. These pages can be viewed by clicking on this link. Have your say

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Swindon Town Community Mutual Limited, trading as TrustSTFC, an Industrial and Provident Society registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965-78. All references to the ‘Trust’ or TrustSTFC on this site are to the Swindon Town Community Mutual Limited that holds funds, under its rules, for the benefit of the community and not in trust for its members.