Blues wait on Dema

Chesterfield FC is playing the waiting game over its proposed move to a new home on the derelict Dema Glass site.

Chesterfield FC is playing the waiting game over its proposed move to a new home on the derelict Dema Glass site.

Borough council chiefs want the football club to move from Saltergate to Dema as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project which it is hoped will transform that part of the town alongside the A61.

But everything is on hold until the Spireites discover who has bought the run-down Dema site.

Blues chairman Barrie Hubbard plans to hold talks with the new owners when their identity is revealed.

''As soon as we know who owns the land we will negotiate with them. We want to know where we stand. We want to put our cards on the table and get it sorted.

''If they say they want 5m we will walk away because we do not have that sort of money.

''The borough council's Local Plan has the football club on that site and the people who have bid for the land know what the council wants on it. We want to move to Dema and the supporters and the council want us there,'' he said.

If negotiations prove successful, the new ground will be built by the Alfred McAlpine company.

Mr Hubbard said that remaining at Saltergate was not an option for the club. ''There is no alternative to a new stadium,'' he said.

If it proved impossible to sort out a plan with the new owners, the club would look again, reluctantly, at building a new ground on the site of the town's old greyhound stadium at Wheeldon Mill.

Mr Hubbard said that he thought that the deal for the Dema site would have been finalised a month ago. ''All offers were in at the end of last month. But I do not think the Dema people have decided who they are going to sell it to. We're hoping we won't be kept waiting too long,'' he added.