THE bulldozers have rolled onto the former Guest and Chrimes site as Rotherham United took a major step closer towards their return to the town.
Rotherham Borough Council’s cabinet has agreed a £5m loan to the club towards the cost of the new stadium.
And work to clear the site of the former foundry has started with the aim to complete construction of the proposed 12,000 seater ground.
Chairman Tony Stewart paid tribute to the Council for their help.
He said: “From day one of my tenure at Rotherham United Football Club, Rotherham Council has been as determined as I to make this happen, not just for the football club but for our town.”
Council leader Coun Roger Stone added: “The new community stadium is a key to the regeneration of Rotherham town centre.
“We have always supported the club and the wish to have Rotherham United back playing in the town.
“It’s fantastic that a local entrepreneur and the club are prepared to invest so much in the town and leave such a positive legacy.”
Stone insisted the terms of the agreement ensured no cost to taxpayers.
The Millers are looking to other sources to fund a further £12m in costs for the stadium.