Work underway to welcome Truro City
The scene at Plymouth Parkway’s Bolitho Park as efforts continue going in to bring it up to the required standard.
21st April 2021
By Tom Howe
Work is underway to bring Bolitho Park up to speed after Truro City’s proposed ground share agreement with Plymouth Parkway was officially ratified by the Southern League.
Club consultant Alex Black has visited Parkway’s premises to evaluate the early stages of development, with plans in place to bring Bolitho to the standard required for Truro to maintain their place at step three of the National League System.
Having vacated their Treyew Road home earlier this year, the White Tigers will spend the 2021-22 season, which will commence on Saturday, August 14, across the Tamar but aim to be back in the Cornish capital at their new ground in Langarth for the following campaign.
The grounds team behind the Western League club, who progressed into the fifth round of the FA Vase when beating Clevedon Town 2-1 on Saturday, have closed Bolitho to carry out the work required, with Parkway currently playing home games at Coach Road in Newton Abbot.
“Whilst I was down I went over to Plymouth Parkway to check on their developments,” Black told the Voice. “We have had confirmation back from the league that they have formally accepted our ground sharing agreement with them which is good. They now need to get the ground up to spec but they are cracking on which is fantastic.
“In fairness to Parkway, I think it is going to be quite nice. They are doing a really good job on the pitch with all new drainage in and reseeding. I am really quite pleased with everything that they have done and fair play to them, they don’t look like they are trying to cut back on things. They look like they are actually probably going further than they need too to get a good job done which is fantastic really.
“We always knew unfortunately we wouldn’t be in Truro next season so getting somewhere acceptable to play was the first task. The fact is that we have done that and it is going to be a nice set up. All the indications are that they are going to be hospitable towards us when we are there.
“With the stadium [at Langarth], although it seems quiet, we are certainly not yet at the point where we have to rule out being back at the start of the 2022-23 season so at the moment that is still the aim.”
Black, meanwhile, will pique the interest of supporters when teasing announcements regarding squad additions and a pre-season programme, as well as detail on Truro’s reserve team ahead of their return to the fold next season.
“Paul [Wotton - manager] is working hard on the squad and I think we will have announcements in a few weeks,” he said. “There has been quite a lot of work going on. We are not resting on our laurels and are always looking to improve. We have pre-season to announce soon which should have a few games in Cornwall that we have organised. Hopefully there will be some football in and around Truro. It is onwards and upwards.
“We are also waiting to hear if we have been accepted into the South West Peninsula League with our reserves. We have provisionally got an arrangement to ground share our reserves at St Dennis.
“If we are unsuccessful and have to go into St Piran, there might be a couple of options we look at that are a bit closer to Truro as the lower down the levels you go the lesser the ground requirements are.”