Oxford United has announced the club is to start work immediately on consultations around its planned new stadium.

The football club moved to the next round of its bid to relocate on January 24 when Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet agreed to open talks regarding the proposed move to The Triangle, council-owned land south of the Kidlington roundabout.

Fans, residents near the proposed site and the club’s wider community partners are promised new information while the club has promised to give the council information it requires.

An online survey will be emailed to fans during week the beginning January 30 and  further supplementary activities are planned.

Separately, the club will also be drafting and publishing its proposed community engagement plan, stating when and how the club will consult.

Chief strategy officer Niall McWilliams said: “As I have stated previously, Tuesday’s decision was the first stage in a long process – but it is vital that we move swiftly to undertake all the necessary work on the project.

“The club will be pressing ahead at pace with its proposals to help enable the council to make a final decision sooner rather than later. We understand the significant interest in the project, from fans, residents, partners and the wider community and are determined to be transparent and collaborative with all.

“I am pleased to announce the work streams that will enable movement on important engagement with fans and residents – these are key priority areas for us and the announcement of the early initiation of these programmes highlights this.

“The club now has a unique opportunity to make genuine progress on securing a world-class facility that all of Oxfordshire can be proud of. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and will be working tirelessly to make this opportunity a reality.”

Interested parties can email oxfordunited@devcomms.co.uk to register their interests to get updates.

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