Cornwall

Cornwall Stadium plan: Full council debates motion agreed

Artists' impression of Stadium for Cornwall
Image caption The 10,000 seat Stadium for Cornwall has outline planning permission at Threemilestone near Truro

Councillors have backed a motion for full debates if any public funds are committed to work connected to the Stadium for Cornwall project.

Cornwall Council has denied it plans to use taxpayers' money to build a 10,000-seat facility on a site near Truro.

However, concerns have been raised about possible requests for loans, guarantees or infrastructure costs.

The motion, proposed by Fiona Ferguson, said all 123 councillors should debate public money use, not just the cabinet.

'Private sector project'

The motion, proposed by Conservative member Ms Ferguson, was passed at a full meeting of the Conservative-Independent led unitary authority on Tuesday.

It said that members supported the development of a Stadium for Cornwall as a "private sector-led project".

But it also recommended that, if the council received a request for financial support, "the principle of providing such support be debated by full council".

That included direct or indirect requests, "including by way of guarantees or provision of infrastructure".

The stadium has outline planning permission at Threemilestone.

The local authority said at the beginning of March - when publishing theofficial stadium planon its website - that no recommendations had been made on public funding and the stadium remained a private sector-led project.

It added that the council had 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.

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