Prescot Cables Football Club welcomes the decision by Knowsley Council to designate the IP Truck Parts Stadium as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
This provides an extra level of protection for our famous old ground, which was opened in 1906. Recognising the ground as an ACV means that, should the Council decide to sell the land, the community would have an opportunity to bid on it before any open sale process.
A report by the Council which helped in the decision noted that “regardless of the level of support, the football ground serves as a focus for the community, has heritage resulting from the achievements of the club and the many celebrated players who have played at the ground for over a century.
“The club provides local people with an inclusive social environment open to all members of the community whatever their background.
“It is located within the heart of the local community and meets an important social need of Prescot and the Knowsley community.
“In addition, the club is engaged in improving the social wellbeing of local residents in a number of ways through sporting activities. The fact there may be ancillary uses which may not be social wellbeing/social interest related would not mean that the land cannot be an asset of community value.
“It is therefore considered that the current use furthers the social wellbeing and social interests of the local community.”
The IP Truck Parts Stadium (or Hope Street as the old girl is also affectionately known) is the only Asset of Community Value in Knowsley and the ground being designated as such has no impact on the club on a day-to-day basis. In fact, it should be seen as a measure of the support being shown to the club by the Council and a signal of how determined they are to protect the ground for the good of the borough’s residents.
The ground was previously listed as an Asset of Community Value between 2013 and 2018, during a period when the site was under private ownership. The new listing will also cover a five year period and acknowledges the role played by the club in developing social cohesion within our local area.