Delivering a Stadium for Cornwall

Last week’s front page headline “Council bail-out to save stadium?” poses an important question. It is good news that Truro City Football Club and the Pirates want to work together and share one stadium. Many of us have been pushing for this for some time. Truro & Penwith College’s loyal support is commendable too.

I believe a Stadium for Cornwall could be a real boost not only for these two sports but for others too.

The questions are where it should be located and how to pay for it. Developers asserted that the new facilities could be paid for from some of the profits made from building and selling homes and retail businesses. However supermarkets and other out of town retailers are pulling back their investments so this is not a viable option.

In less than a month, on 4th May the people of Cornwall will elect their parish and Cornwall councillors. It is vital that you vote for representatives who you believe will not only be an effective local champion but also a member of a party or group with a shared plan for delivering your priorities for Cornwall.

I believe that the new Cornwall councillors should consider the new scheme for delivering a Stadium for Cornwall alongside all the priorities they were elected to deliver. Consideration of this new scheme should not be hurried and made solely by officers of the Council and a few Cabinet Members without the proper scrutiny of all of Cornwall’s councillors.

A scheme of such significance needs to be considered openly and thoroughly, not only by the Cornwall councillors but with the residents of Cornwall too.

All of Cornwall’s MPs have offered support to enable a Stadium for Cornwall. We stand ready to work with the new Cornwall Council to deliver it.

First published in the West Briton 12/04/17