Dema plan for Blues

The old Dema Glass site has emerged as a possible location for Chesterfield FC's new stadium.

The old Dema Glass site has emerged as a possible location for Chesterfield FC's new stadium.

Sandwiched between the A61 by-pass and Sheffield Road, the site would provide sufficient space, and existing road connections, for the Spireites' proposed 10,000-capacity stadium.

Blues bosses have applied for outline planning permission for a new home at Wheeldon Mill, the site of the town's old dog track, but the Dema site – though late out of the traps – could be coming up very swiftly on the rails.

Chesterfield Borough Council has an ambitious masterplan to breath new life into the A61 corridor, including the Chesterfield Canal, to the north of the town centre.

It was revealed last week that the Cadbury Trebor Bassett sweet factory on Brimington Road had been sold to developers and that it, together with the Laver site, would form part of the council's blueprint.

The idea to relocate Chesterfield FC to Dema site – as a landmark development designed to attract further investment – is thought to form part of the masterplan.

Details are sketchy, and the idea is thought to be at a very early stage, but it is understood that preliminary discussions have taken place between the council and the club.

The Spireites have experienced a rollercoaster ride for more than ten years as they have attemped to move out of Saltergate.

A scheme to build a new ground on the old Ireland Colliery, near Staveley, site came to nothing after receiving a very frosty reception from supporters.

Hopes for a stadium, plus retail development, at Wheeldon Mill were dashed after being given the thumbs down by the council in the late 1990s.

Last year, members of CFSS voted to move home, and plans seeking outline planning permission for Wheeldon Mill, were lodged with council planners this summer.

Now the Dema Glass possibility has added yet another chapter to the long-running saga.

The club declined to comment on the possible scheme and the council would only say that plans for the regeneration of the A61 corridor would go to public consultation early next year.

Meanwhile, Saltergate it set to hold a derby clash on Saturday when Doncaster Rovers are the vistors.

The Belle Vue club has risen like a phoenix from the flames after dropping into the Conference and Chesterfield will be looking to extend their unbeaten home record.

Meanwhile, manager Roy McFarland was upset that his team slipped to 2-0 down at Hartlepool after just eight minutes.

A Shane Nicholson penalty and a leveller from on-loan striker Mark Stallard, his first for the club, gave Chesterfield hope but a third for the hosts – fired home while at least two players looked to be in off-side positions – sealed the result.