Statement on Wakefield’s community stadium

27/07/2017, PR8617

​At yesterday's Full Council meeting (26 July) Wakefield Council Leader, Cllr Peter Box CBE, again urged all the interested parties to play their part in delivering a community stadium for the people of Wakefield without delay.  

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​Cllr Box said: "I've already expressed my disappointment publically with the heads of terms provided by Yorkcourt to-date - as have the Community Trust and the Club.

"I've asked Yorkcourt, if they are serious about delivering a stadium, to provide revised head of terms in time to meet the rugby league FC deadline on July 31.

"Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the community stadium is fundamental, which is why I am also calling on both trusts to work together to put together a business case that shows how the development will be run as a viable business.

"I have been clear that the Council is committed to doing everything we can to support the development of a community stadium. As part of this I will be asking the Council to commit the financial support offered previously for a community stadium."

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

​Cllr Box has recently met with the developer and the owner of Belle Vue Stadium, who agreed that Wakefield Trinity could remain there until the new community stadium is built.

The Council has written to Yorkcourt asking them to provide more comprehensive 'head of terms' - similar to what's in place for the Castleford stadium development.

 The Council had received a 'head of terms' agreement from Yorkcourt on July 14. But it lacked fundamental details, including the trigger for delivering the stadium, how it would be financed, and what the proposed timescale would be for the build.

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