Council Leader responds to allegations from local Conservative Group
The Leader of
Wakefield Council has responded to the comments and allegations made by Cllr
Nadeem Ahmed about the Council’s involvement with Wakefield Trinity and the
Cllr Peter Box CBE, said: “The insinuation by Cllr Ahmed that I have a
‘personal interest’ in this matter is not only outrageous, but totally untrue.
“It is blatantly wrong to say that I have, at any time, refused to answer any
questions on this matter.
“My only interest is as the Leader of Wakefield Council. It is in this capacity
that I have held meetings with the Club, the developer and the Community Trust,
the body actually responsible for the delivery of a new stadium. These meetings
are still ongoing.
“It is not the case that the Council has mishandled this matter. Members have,
at all times, acted in accordance with proper legal and planning advice.
“The simple fact is that there are two trigger points in the Unilateral
Undertaking, and when these triggers are met, the stadium should be built.
Neither of these two trigger points have been reached.
“It was the Conservative Secretary of State who accepted the Unilateral
Undertaking – not Wakefield Council. Wakefield Council has always wanted a
Multi-lateral Undertaking, which the Council would have been part of.
“Perhaps Cllr Ahmed should look to his fellow Conservatives to find out why the
Unilateral Undertaking was agreed.
“Finally, I can confirm that once the two trigger points in the Unilateral
Undertaking have been reached then the Council will take every power at our
disposal to enforce the obligation to build a stadium.”