WHEN Brian Hall came up with the idea of a running track at Knight's Grange, Winsford United showed how it could be paid for.
That was eight months ago. Since then no-one has spoken any more about it.
Meanwhile, Hall is preparing for months, maybe years, of meetings and reports and 'going round cap in hand hoping someone puts money into it'.
Hall, a borough and town councillor, is also a former international runner and coach at Vale Royal Athletics Club.
Athletics is his first love and he was inspired by the club's talented youngsters to launch his campaign for the immediate refurbishment of the existing shale track followed by an artificial surface replacement.
With it, he suggested, could be a small stand and a pavilion, which would be of community use.
He has a granddaughter who is among the scores of junior athletes being coached by Vale Royal, a club which has had amazing success given its size and lack of a base.
A track, considered standard across Europe and some parts of Britain, would swell their membership way beyond its current 300 mark and bring Mid Cheshire into the modern sporting world, he thought.
Eight months on, the track has been repaired and floodlights will be switched on before Christmas. A possible track is already getting bogged down in bureaucracy.
that would merely switch the focus of the laborious fundraising process.
Better still would be to sell Barton Stadium, say for housing, and use that money to finance United's move into a new stadium incorporating a running track at Knight's Grange.
Yet within a week or two of Hall announcing his plans in the Chronicle Winsford United had stepped forward with two proposals.
The track, if Knight's Grange was for some reason unsuitable or was unable to attract grants, could be laid at the Barton Stadium.
Chairman Mark Loveless said: 'It doesn't mean we would not be able to go for grants, but it would certainly provide a bulk of money up front which is always the difficult bit for anyone involved in a major project.
'But since Brian came to see us we have heard nothing. The benefit to the community and the town would be enormous.
'It would re-site us in the part town council are trustees of the Barton Stadium, where United have the right to play in perpetuity.
The trustees have wanted United to sign a lease at a peppercorn rent; the club, not wishing to be tenants and have landlords, have refused, pointing out it would be illegal for them to sign any such agreement.
Now the town council will only deal with the football club through a solicitor. But as Hall says, a good idea is a good idea no matter who has it.
Reg Barton handed over the of the town that has grown most at the heart of most of the sport that goes on in Winsford in a state-of-the-art stadium.
'There is no reason why it should be limited to football and athletics. Other sports could be included.
'The answer is there - but noone is taking any notice. I just can't under-stand it.'
Neither can Hall.
But relations between Wins-ford United and Winsford Town Council are strained. land just after the Second World War. A covenant attached to the deeds precludes its sale, but restrictions are often lifted by the courts, the Drill Field being a similar case.
Because of illness Mr Hall has been absent from town council meetings for six months, but hopes on his return to renew the pressure.
He said: 'I can't do anything by my myself, but I agree it seems a solution for everyone.
'I have only two-and-a-half years left as a councillor and I want to see the scheme come to fruition before then.'
A users' group has been set up to discover the potential use of new facilities at Knight's Grange before Hall presents a second report to borough councillors in the new year.
He now believes a final plan would include not just the confines of a running track but perhaps the whole of Knight's Grange.
Once the idea has a firm shape then comes the business of trying to reach partnership agreements with other bodies and preparing bids for grants.
While Winsford United improve, the Barton Stadium holds the wooden spoon as far as senior grounds in Cheshire are concerned. Athletics continues in Cinderella shoes.
Yet, as Loveless points out, the money is there to finance however much of the project they wanted it to - and still have a tidy sum left over.
'Let's talk,' he said.