Rams set terracing target
Thursday 29th November 2012
The latest update on the club's stadium development plans
Lifelong supporter Graham Beaumount, who is one of the driving forces behind the project, confirmed that intentions are for work to begin on the structure after Christmas, adding that the club is working closely alongside Kirklees Council.
"We have to apply for planning permission again, as we've made the design bigger and better, but we're working very closely with the Council in the hope of being able to fast-track the application," said Beaumont.
"We had hoped to have everything complete in time for the first home game of the season against Featherstone, in front of the TV cameras, but we're still confident of getting things moving pretty quickly.
"The builder is ready to start straight away, and there aren't any delays anticipated in that respect.
"We've made adjustments to the design of the terrace, as per a request from Kirklees Council, and that has increased costs a little bit, but we remain on course and are eager to get started.
"We're aiming to have it done for the match against Leigh at home on March 17, and the TV cameras for the Featherstone game at the start of the season should at least pick up the work in progress, which is great."
The work to develop the Eastern side of the stadium is being undertaken as a part of wider plans to upgrade areas behind both sets of posts at the stadium.
And, although the club has not applied for an official increase in capacity at this stage, Beaumont believes that further upgrades to the development at the Owl Lane end of the ground could be made in the future.
"We can't see there being any objections to the plans, but we're keen to tick every box as it'll make things much easier should we wish to add a roof to the structure somewhere down the line."
Supporters and sponsors of the club have already made generous donations towards the project, though Beaumont emphasised the need for more organisations and individuals to come forward in order to help turn the club's dream into reality.
A fundraising dinner is to take place on January 18, and the Rams are calling on supporters and followers of the game to book their place.
"Ticket sales so far have been encouraging, but we really need as much support for this project as possible.
"Our supporters do a fantastic job of backing this club financially and in many other ways, but what we're working towards here will serve the club for generations.
"We have Pete Emmett hosting the evening, who is very well known throughout Rugby League and sport in general. He's a very entertaining guy and he'll make sure the night goes off with a bang.
"The food we're going to be serving will be top notch and we're also hoping to line up one or two other treats for those in attendance. It's shaping up to be a great night."
Tickets cost £35, including an exquisite three-course buffet, and all funds generated will go towards the terracing project.
To book your place or to find out more, call 01924 465489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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