COUNCIL chiefs say they are committed to finding a way for Northwich Victoria to survive.

A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council told the Guardian that a summit with Vics owner Jim Rushe last week had been worthwhile.

“It was productive,” he said.

“The council was able to listen to a range of views on the current situation and hope it will be the beginning of an ongoing dialogue aimed at securing the club’s future.”

Charlie Seward, director for regeneration and culture, met Rushe along with Northwich Victoria Supporter Trust chairman Paul Stockton.

Northwich Town Council members, Clr Tom Davies and Clr Terry Murphy, joined them.

“It’s important to find a way forward that can work for everybody involved,” added the council spokesman.

No date has yet been set for another meeting.

Meanwhile the council has yet to receive a planning application from Thor Specialities (UK) Ltd, a chemicals manufacturer that bought land in January upon which the club’s now former home ground is built.

The firm has not allowed Vics to play matches at the Victoria Stadium since.

Rushe has asked Cheshire neighbours Nantwich Town to host the team’s remaining home matches this term, including this Saturday’s Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division encounter with Rushall Olympic.

After that Vics have three more games – against Mickleover Sports, Hednesford Town and Bradford Park Avenue – scheduled before the end of the season.

“We’re hopeful of reaching an agreement this week,” he said.

“Nantwich have been good enough to let us play a couple of matches there already, so it’s a place and a pitch that both the players and supporters know well.”