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Offline paul_e

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2017, 04:46:34 PM »
Percy, the leisure centre is long gone, it was knocked down a couple of years ago.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2017, 04:46:48 PM »
Id imagine that any improvements to VP will in some part be funded by the tax payer to bring them up to the required standard. It reminds me of when Sullivan and co were doing their best to get the council to build them a state of the art stadium for nothing. Okay, its not a new stadium were getting but well still have noses helping fund an upgrade of our place.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2017, 04:51:22 PM »
Percy, the leisure centre is long gone, it was knocked down a couple of years ago.

Ta. Shame, some happy memories from there. Weller, Spartak Moscow on the big screen, VFC and shareholders meetings.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2017, 04:52:58 PM »
Id imagine that any improvements to VP will in some part be funded by the tax payer to bring them up to the required standard. It reminds me of when Sullivan and co were doing their best to get the council to build them a state of the art stadium for nothing. Okay, its not a new stadium were getting but well still have noses helping fund an upgrade of our place.

I very much doubt the potless council will be giving money to the private business of a multi-millionaire, nor should it IMO.

Offline wittonwarrior

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #19 on: December 21, 2017, 04:56:00 PM »
No corner filling in please

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #20 on: December 21, 2017, 05:04:34 PM »
Id imagine that any improvements to VP will in some part be funded by the tax payer to bring them up to the required standard. It reminds me of when Sullivan and co were doing their best to get the council to build them a state of the art stadium for nothing. Okay, its not a new stadium were getting but well still have noses helping fund an upgrade of our place.

Im sure some improvements will be made and from what Ive heard some of the funding for the games will come from the city. That will mean everyone helping fund it to some extent. If our place needs upgrading to hold the rugby event then rightly it should receive some funding multi millionaire owner or not.

I very much doubt the potless council will be giving money to the private business of a multi-millionaire, nor should it IMO.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2017, 05:24:24 PM »
Leave our villa park alone, dont want the corners filled in, dont want any new stand. Loves villa park
Mate. The North Stand? It's got to go.

Offline manic-road

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2017, 05:50:31 PM »
Leave our villa park alone, don’t want the corners filled in, don’t want any new stand. Loves villa park
Mate. The North Stand? It's got to go.

Yes the North Stand has to go, looked ok in the 70's and that's all.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2017, 06:12:58 PM »
I would like to see the new North have a large lower tier like the Holte and wrap around with the first and second tiers of the Trinity. It would create a good bank of support and certainly improve the atmosphere and the aesthetic.

It would fairly intimidating for the away fans as well for a big beast being next to their corner. A smaller upper tier like the Holte. I think you'd be adding 8,000 to 10,000 there.

I definitely would like to see the city centre creep towards Aston with all the infrastructure that would be necessary too.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2017, 06:27:57 PM »
Leave our villa park alone, dont want the corners filled in, dont want any new stand. Loves villa park


Agree on the corners but I wouldn't be against something new in the witton road

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2017, 07:39:43 PM »
Leave our villa park alone, dont want the corners filled in, dont want any new stand. Loves villa park


Agree on the corners but I wouldn't be against something new in the witton road
Witton Road? Schoolboy error son!!

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2017, 07:44:17 PM »
If you follow the A34 from Aston University up to the Alexandra Stadium thats a massive area for potential development / improvement including the area around Villa Park. If you look on Google Maps there is quite a lot of vacant land, steel warehouses and run-down public housing. All of that could be improved with a master plan for the area that brings an identity and a purpose for the area built on sport and recreation facilities alongside rebuilding and improving housing, transport links (eg mass transit system along the A34) and so on. Villa should be a very large part of that, to make this area the centre for sport in the Midlands. That is what the legacy of 2022 should be.

The Jewellery Quarter has a definite identity, Salford in Manchester was rebuilt as a 'Media Hub', Stratford as a sports centre and new residential area, Canary Wharf as a financial centre etc and there are numerous examples around the world. The main thing is for the games to create a theme which can then be built on. Birmingham and the Midlands as a whole would benefit enormously if this is done in the right way. The risk if its done poorly is that it just ends up mirroring the mistakes made in the 1960s.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2017, 08:20:18 PM »
What kind of things actually get built to build a sporting area, though? It sounds a bit pie in the sky, really.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2017, 08:26:58 PM »
What kind of things actually get built to build a sporting area, though? It sounds a bit pie in the sky, really.

This sort of stuff plus much more.

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Re: Villa Park Changes & Commonwealth Games
« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2017, 08:33:42 PM »
What kind of things actually get built to build a sporting area, though? It sounds a bit pie in the sky, really.
expanded villa park
relocate bodymoor heath as its due to become a railway sidings
community football / sports area like outside Man Citys' ground
rejuvenated alexandra stadium
aquatics centre
velodrome like the one outside Derby County's ground
Something like the Xscape in Milton Keynes - extreme sports centre
Smaller faciities / University centre for sport
Linear parl running 4 miles from city to Alexandra stadium
Cycle paths
Running paths
Landscaping linking parks
New academy centred on sports science
Rejuvenated housing
Entertainment centre

Basically take the best / commercially longterm viable from what other cities have done and improve it. Go and look at Stratford if you need inspiration.

 


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