York MP Backs Community Stadium Plans
12:56pm 15th May 2012
York Central MP Hugh Bayley has written to the City of York Council to support the planning application to build a new community stadium.
In his letter Mr Bayley backs the stadium but calls on the Council to encourage new investment in Central York to boost trade for city centre businesses.
He points out that the Naburn Designer Outlet Centre had not had the negative impact on the city centre that many traders feared and that frequent buses to and from the city centre encouraged some Naburn shoppers to also visit the centre of York.
Mr Bayley believes this could also work for Monks Cross. He also called on the Council to encourage a new proposal to redevelop Piccadilly.
Hugh Bayley MP says:
“I rarely express a view about planning applications but this one will have a huge impact on York’s economy. We are in a double dip recession, and it would not make sense to turn down an £80 million investment which will create hundreds of new jobs in York.
“It’s important that York is represented by professional sports teams. The players are ambassadors for the city. People all over the country are reminded of York whenever they look at the football and rugby league results. You have only to see the enormous support and pride that York people had when the Football Club picked up the FA Trophy on Saturday to know how important sport is to the city.
“The Monks Cross development needs to be balanced by investment in the city centre. The council and the developers need to make this happen.
“Piccadilly needs to be redeveloped and I hope, whatever happens on Thursday, the Council will give this serious attention. It has enormous potential to create jobs and make the city centre more attractive. I don’t see Monks Cross and Piccadilly as competitors but as complimentary developments which will bring new jobs and visitors to York.”
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