A LEGAL agreement has been signed which will allow Newhaven Football Club to improve the stadium.
It will mean they can lease the facilities, create a club which will help regenerate the town and open it up for wider community use.
Lewes District Council said its legal team had pulled out all the stops to produce the agreement, which will put the club in a good position to move to a higher league.
Leader of the district council James Page said: “This will enable the club to move forward with their plans to improve the ground and facilities as well as helping to make the club financially sustainable.
“Their plan of action over the next five years is to build a community football club that Newhaven will be proud of.
“I will do all in my power to assist and make this a reality for the people of Newhaven. Lewes District Council is proud to be working with local businessman John Summers and the club and its sponsor the Trafalgar Group to make this a reality.”
Club chairman Andy Lloyd said: “The signing of the agreement between Lewes District Council and Newhaven FC last week was a major step towards providing a fantastic facility that the club and community badly needs.
“It is a direct result of two years’ hard work by the committee and sponsors to secure a licence to complete the derelict stand and subsequent long term lease for the ground and buildings.”
The five year plan is to complete the unfinished stand, after almost 20 years of standing empty.
The first phase will be work on the upper tier seating and standing area, which will be completed by the start of 2012/2013 season in August.
Andy added: “These are exciting times for the club and there is a great sense of optimism and ambition amongst the players, committee and sponsors to get the club to a level that the community of Newhaven can be proud of.”
The committee and sponsors, including the club secretary and ground grading officer John Carpenter, worked hard to secure this agreement. Trafalgar Group thanked everyone involved.