The future of Port Vale’s Vale Park stadium looks secure for the long-term after it was declared an “asset of community value status” by Stoke-on-Trent city council.
The news was announced at a Supporters Club meeting last nigh after the organisation applied to the council for the status. The application was made back in March 2019 when Norman Smurthwaite was still the owner of the club.
The move effectively means that the group must be notified if the ground is put up for sale. Should that happen, the Port Vale Supporters Club would have the right to make their own bid.
Other clubs such as Charlton Athletic have also received the same status for their grounds.
The news will alleviate fears of any future owners separating the club from the ground and trying to sell the stadium to, for example, property developers.
This is unlikely under current owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan but does help calm fears about the long-term future under any potential new owners.