Gartside: Redevelopment Will Bring Jobs to Bolton

  • November 09, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Gartside says a £100million redevelopment of the Reebok Stadium and surrounding areas will bring new jobs to Bolton.

Wanderers unveiled plans to build office and hospitality space at the stadium on Thursday, with an extension to Bolton Arena and a free school also being proposed on Burnden Way.

Gartside, chairman of Bolton Wanderers, admits the plans have been ongoing for the last five years and work on the project could begin as early as next April.

"We're expanding on what was an adventurous development with the Reebok Stadium at the time, taking a stadium outside a town centre and where we looked at what we could provide in terms of facilities such as the hotel and offices for commercial development," Gartside told The Bolton News.

Gartside said the club are in talks with the University of Bolton and Bolton College, and hoped to be able to provide A-Level and foundation degree level courses in the future, in a joint scheme that would also include schools in Liverpool and Kent.

"This is not new to us. We've been providing education on the site now for over two years, with the Bolton Wanderers education programme."

The Bolton chairman confirmed the club's £120million debt has been converted into a 'long-term' debt, meaning owner Eddie Davies would have to give 10 year's notice before recalling the loan. Gartside also confirmed that, while Bolton are on the lookout for investment, Davies has no plans to sell the club.

"Every football club's for sale, but there are no immediate plans for that."

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