Fans score victory in pavement fight

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Ilkeston FC supporters will soon be able to walk safely to and from fixtures at the New Manor Ground thanks to £30,000 being eamarked for pavement improvements.

After a campaign in which the supporters’ club managed to collect more than 500 signatures, Derbyshire County Council have set aside the cash to build a footpath on the approach to the Awsworth Road stadium.

Chairman of the supporters’ group, Duncan Payne, said: “We are thrilled at the news.

“It’s the best possible outcome and one we weren’t expecting so soon.

“Before games is not as bad as after. When the final whistle blows there are 450-500 fans all leaving at the same time.

“There are cars parked and especially in the winter time the verges are really dangerous to walk on.”

Plans will also see the speed limit near to the ground reduced to 30mph.

Labour’s candidate for the 2015 General Election, Catherine Atkinson, helped fans with their fight.

She said: “This has been a long fight, but we didn’t give up and with the support of fans and our borough and county councillors we’ve got the result we wanted.

“The next step is to ensure we see this through so that we get the improvements in place soon as possible.

“This is a win for Ilkeston FC and the fans who supported our fight for a safer journey to and from matches.”