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Stadium for Cornwall Plans Rejected

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7:01am 29th May 2012

There will be no stadium for Cornwall.

A decision not to use £10m of our money to build it has been rubber stamped.

The council leader says he hopes it does not "finally close the door" on the project.

Supporters had hoped that bosses would overturn a decision by councillors not to back the scheme.

The Cornish Pirates had hoped the plans for Threemilestone could have helped them into the top tier of rugby. They currently can not be promoted because their ground does not meet tough standards.

In a letter to the developers the leader of Cornwall Council, Alec Robertson has written,

"Following careful consideration of the views expressed at this month's full Council meeting, I regret that I am writing to confirm that the Cabinet will not be taking forward the request for funding for a Stadium for Cornwall at this time.

"Following careful consideration of the views expressed at this month’s full Council meeting, I regret that I am writing to confirm that the Cabinet will not be taking forward the request for funding for a Stadium for Cornwall at this time.

"I have never made any secret of my strong personal support for a Stadium for Cornwall and have always felt that, in the absence of private sector funding, the Council should consider the use of public money. Although I could have expressed my support for the motion by voting in favour, as the person responsible for deciding what action the Cabinet should take in response to the Council decision, I was advised that abstaining was the right thing to do.

"In the past, politicians in Cornwall have shown foresight and bravery in supporting ambitious schemes like Tate St Ives and the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) which have brought huge benefits for Cornwall. I feel that this project would be a similar opportunity to provide jobs and a boost to the Cornish economy, as well as a chance to raise Cornwall's sporting profile nationally and share the pride and passion the people of Cornwall have.

"I am aware that many others share my view that a community stadium would be good for Cornwall and will, inevitably, be disappointed by this decision.

"However, given the Council’s decision not to recommend to Cabinet that the Council take the lead in delivering this project, it would be inappropriate for the Cabinet to ignore the wishes of the majority of Members.

"Sport is very important to people in Cornwall – both in the day to day lives of local communities and in developing our economy. You only need to look at the huge support for last weekend’s launch of the Olympic Torch Relay when vast numbers of people took part in local events and activities.

"I know that many people support the principle of a Stadium for Cornwall and I have been contacted by many members of the public who still want the Council to take a lead in this project. Although the Council is not minded to take this matter forward at this time, I hope that this does not finally close the door on this project. I know that many thousands of people remain committed to having a stadium for Cornwall and I am sure that they will continue to express their views over the coming weeks."

7:01am 29th May 2012

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