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Community Stadium plans back on track


12:00am 7th June 2011

Plans for a Community Stadium have been given fresh impetus, after the council's new leader declared the stadium a priority.

The stadium plans have been in the planning for some years but latterly little progress has been made, with little political will under the previous Liberal Democrat administration.

But Labour council leader James Alexander and Cabinet Member for leisure Sonja Crisp have moved quickly to meet with the council's Stadium Project Manager and the City Strategy chief to set out Labour's position on the stadium.

Coun. Alexander said:

"There has been a great deal of secrecy and uncertainty surrounding the planned stadium which will end under Labour's leadership of the council, as we move forward with plans for a new stadium for the city. We have met with Tim Atkins and Bill Woolley to let them know a sports stadium for both the football and rugby clubs for us is a priority".

Coun. Crisp, the council's new leisure boss, says:

"We have asked that progress is made quickly with plans for the stadium so that it can go forward to the planning stage. The previous administration dragged its heals and was never fully behind the project, putting it at risk. In contrast, we will be getting on with the business of delivering on our earlier commitment to the city's two clubs and to its residents".

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