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Stadium for Cornwall Row

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:30am 1st March 2012 (Updated 3:40pm 1st March 2012)

More questions over who would pay for a stadium for Cornwall.

The West Briton says it has seen a report which could mean millions of pounds of taxpayers money is poured into the project.

That is despite the council insisting earlier this week there was no such proposal.

Rob Nolan, Mayor of Truro, said officials needed to come clean: "Things should be quite clear cut and quite simple. It's all a bit hurried; it's all a bit pushed at us. We feel that there's information that we don't know, and if I am sat there on the scrutiny and I am uncomfortable and don't really know what's going on, how does the rest of Cornwall feel?

"Let's keep it simple, let's give us plenty of time to read the papers, let's have all of the councillors involved, sit down and see what we're doing. It can be webcast, people can see the discusion, people can see how much money is going in and be assured that a sensible decision has been made."

Cornwall Council has released this statement:

"The Council has not changed its position from the previous Council decision that no public funding will be used for the stadium.

"The confidential report considered at last week’s meeting of the Environment and Economy Overview and Scrutiny Committee report set out possible options on how the project could be financed. These were based on information supplied during discussions with the key stakeholders over the past few months. Members of the Committee did not make a recommendation to the Cabinet.

"The Council has not agreed to contribute to the construction costs or fund any specific infrastructure projects relating to the Stadium or to act as a guarantor for the project. While we continue to support the principle of creating a multi purpose stadium forCornwallthis remains a private sector led project.

"The report was considered in confidential session on the advice of the Council’s legal team as it contains commercially sensitive information relating to third parties. Items such as this are held in confidential session to enable Members to discuss commercially sensitive information as part of their decision making and we are concerned that it has been made public in this way.

"Discussions are continuing with the key stakeholders, namely Truro and Penwith College, Inox Group and the Cornish Pirates Rugby Football Club who have come together to form Cornwall Community Stadium Limited, and also Truro City Football Club on a range of issues, including how the project could be funded".

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