Conservative MEP welcomes Lancashire's decision to remain at Old Trafford

Lancashire County Cricket Club has decided against moving from Old Trafford and will stay at its historic 141 year old ground.

The club had considered moving from its spiritual home but now plans to redevelop its existing ground, a plan which has been boosted by Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council's decision to relocate from the adjacent town hall.

Old Trafford was overlooked for the 2009 Ashes series in favour of Cardiff's Sophia Gardens and it is hoped that the proposed redevelopment will help to bring Ashes cricket back to the North-West.

Sir Robert Atkins MEP, former Minister for Sport and Vice-President of Lancashire County Cricket Club said:

"As a lover of the traditions of cricket as much as the game itself, I am greatly relieved that Lancashire County Cricket Club is remaining at its historic Old Trafford ground.

I am also delighted that the mutual common sense of the Tory-controlled Trafford Council and Lancashire Officials will provide such a bright future for cricketers and cricket supporters in the North -West. "

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