CHESTER CITY chairman Stephen Vaughan last night unveiled further ambitious and exciting development plans for the Deva Stadium complex.

Vaughan intends to provide extensions to both the terraced areas at the ground with the addition of bars, refreshment areas, and souvenir shops.

This is in addition to the eight corpo-rate hospitality boxes which are currently under construction at the Deva.

Vaughan said: "We have applied for planning permission for the addition of bars and shops at the stadium, and we are hopeful that the relevant permissions will be granted in the next few weeks.

"We are aware that our supporters in the North Stand terrace can't enjoy a drink prior to games at the moment, and they also find the existing souvenir shop full just prior to matches, so we are adding extra facilities in order that our fans can enjoy the Deva Stadium experience even more."

He continued: "Once our home end has been completed we will start on improving the visiting supporters area.

"Everything we are doing at the ground currently is in preparation for our return to the Football League. We appear to have got it right on the pitch, now I want a stadium that will have facilities, comparable, if not better, than a lot of first division clubs."

Chester announced earlier this season that they were to construct corporate hospitality boxes at the stadium, with five adjoining the West Stand, and a further three being added to the Main Stand.

The construction of the corporate boxes will be completed by February.

"Already we are filling the boxes, one company has purchased a lease for this season and next, whilst a lot of interest is also being shown from North West-based companies regarding the other corporate box opportunities at the Deva," added Vaughan.

Meanwhile, table-toppers Chester are next in action next Saturday, when the travel to face third-placed Aldershot, in the match of the day in the Nationwide Conference.

Midfielder Paul Carden returns to the squad after missing last weekend's game with Barnet through suspension.