Accrington Stanley bosses have issued their thanks to Hyndburn council after essential upgrade works were carried out on the stadium- before planning permission had actually been granted.
The Reds installed new turnstiles, toilet blocks, and spectator facilities at the Wham Stadium during the course of the summer. Extra parking spaces and a new pedestrian and vehicle access from Haworth Street were also established.
Accrington Stanley managing director David Burgess said that the project needed to be accomplished rapidly between the conclusion of last season and the beginning of the new one.
The club has now presented a retrospective planning application for the additions, which have inspired two objection letters from Whalley Road residents regarding the new Haworth Street access.
Mr Burgess said that they only had an eight-week window with no games scheduled to get the work done between the conclusion of the mid-May playoffs and the beginning of August.
He explained that Hyndburn council had asked the club to obtain retrospective planning permission for all the changes completed over the summer. The council, he said, was really supportive of everything being done because they were aware of the narrow window of opportunity involved. Building control people viewed the work constantly while it was in progress and everything was built to specification.