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York's New Stadium Still on Track - Despite New Legal Row

Stadium Frontage

2:36pm 24th November 2014
(Updated 3:12pm 24th November 2014)

York's new Community Stadium is still on track to open in Summer 2016 with construction work beginning in the Spring.

The city council has confirmed the dates are still in place, despite the chair of York City Knights taking the authority to court to challenge the plans to redevelop the Huntington Stadium.

In a statement released over the weekend, Sarah Tanburn from City of York Council said:

City of York Council has this week withdrawn from negotiations with Mr Guildford, Chair of the York City Knights Rugby Club, with regard to the York Community Stadium. Mr Guildford, on behalf of the Knights, has filed notice to the County Court of their intention to contest the Council’s application to redevelop Huntington Stadium, having previously agreed to the redevelopment as part of the delivery of the York Community Stadium development. This action by Mr Guildford places the Council at significant financial and legal risk and as a result the Council is now in legal dispute with the Knights.

“The Community Stadium development itself continues to progress at pace, with a series of public engagement events taking place at the end of November to provide the local community with an opportunity to speak to the development team and provide comments on the proposals. The consortium appointed to deliver the design, build and operation of the stadium, led by Greenwich Leisure Ltd, is expecting to submit a detailed planning application for the proposals in December. Then in April we will see the archaeological dig, called Dig York Stadium, begin in earnest as a community team including archaeologists from the Trust and local participants explore and discover the archaeology of the new community stadium site”.

The new eight thousand seater stadium is set to be the home for York City Knights and York City. It will also include a gym 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, a fun pool and training pool, as well as a new sports hall and dance studio. There will also be a new community centre, shops, restaurants and multiscreen cinema.

York City Knights and York City have told Minster FM they are unable to comment at the present time.

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