AN ‘EYESORE’ control room at Accrington Stanley is to come down this week, ending years of misery for residents.

However the club says the temporary cabin may still be in use at the start of next season, but will be moved to a less conspicuous location, as plans for the ground’s £1.2million develoment are not yet complete.

Accrington Stanley earlier this year avoided the threat of immediate court action over the controversial spectator control room, used by police on match days, promising Hyndburn’s planning committee to remove it by May 10.

Accrington Stanley gave renewed assurances to the committee, who met to discuss the issue again yesterday, that the room’s PA system and telephones were disconnected at the weekend, with the CCTV rerouted yesterday, allowing them to move the structure, first installed as a temporary measure in 2006, before the end of this week.

The committee had met to consider the club’s application to move the cabin from its position in the southern corner of the ground, five metres above the ground.

The new application seeks temporary 12 month permission to site the cabin behind the Coppice terrace.Councillors decided not to make a decision until after a site visit.

Chairman of the committee Coun John Griffiths said: “I’m concerned, as there has been so much going on at Accrington Stanley over the last few years, that it might be worthwhile having a site visit to look at what they are doing with the old building and to get a real feel for what is happening.”

Stanley, who were ordered last year to remove the facility after further temporary permission was refused, said a planning application for a new purpose-built facility was imminent.

Chief Executive Rob Heys said plans for a new control room would be submitted to Hyndburn Borough Council during the summer.

He said: “The councillors have now decided to make a site visit and we will follow their lead on what they think it is best we do from a planning perspective.”