WORK on the Prince Edward Playing Field site in Canons Park, which includes a new home stadium for Wealdstone FC, has been given the green light to resume as early as next month.

The news comes after Harrow Council came to an agreement with Wealdstone Stadia Management Limited (WSML), the joint-venture company set-up to manage all the facilities at the Prince Edward development.

However, Wealdstone FC Chairman Nick Symmons is striking a cautious note. He said: "What has been agreed with the Council puts the project on a viable financial footing. We now need to reach agreement on some outstanding issues with contractors before work can start again. Subject to these agreements being reached we are optimistic that work will start again by early October. We will also then be able to update with an anticipated finish date as soon as possible."

He went on: "I would like to pay tribute to the Council for their positive attitude and willingness to arrive at a workable solution. This is great news for the football club and great news for the community who will soon have the first class sporting facilities we have been promising."

The decision follows over five months of negotiations after work stopped on the site in April. These negotiations were triggered by the collapse of one of the partners of WSML, Stadia Management Limited and the subsequent introduction of SDG Caledonia as replacements in the joint venture company.

The Prince Edward site has 44 acres of former playing fields. These are being regenerated into new community facilities, which include a health and fitness centre and a new home ground for Wealdstone FC, who have been homeless since 1991.