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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Stadium For Cornwall project is most likely dead in the water after Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor announced there was no money in the budget for it. The Stadium at Langarth, outside Truro, received planning approval years ago but has remained in limbo since and not a single brick has been laid down at the proposed site. Only last month there were hopes that the much-derided controversial Stadium for Cornwall could finally be built if it was successful in its bid for government’s Levelling Up cash. However after Cornwall Council leader Linda Taylor said the authority has not made any provisions for the scheme in its budget, many fear that could be the end for what would have been a fitting home for the Cornish Pirates rugby team, who currently play in Penzance, Truro City Football Club, who play in Plymouth because their historic home ground is now a Lidl, as well as a facility used by the community and the third partner in the project, Truro and Penwith College. Despite receiving planning consent years ago, it has remained in limbo as wrangles over land ownership and funding have simmered on. Last year it was revealed how the project might have to be scaled down from 10,000 seats to 6,000 seats over rising costs. In 2018, the project was estimated to cost £14.3m but costs are believed to have increased since. However there was hope that the Stadium for Cornwall project could finally see the light of day after it was included as one of four schemes to potentially benefit from the first tranche of Levelling Up Funding (LUF) in Cornwall. Read more: George Eustice and Derek Thomas would lose seats in Cornwall if election held now, YouGov poll suggests Despite receiving outline planning approval in 2013, there is now real fear among the S4C partners that what many in Cornwall thought would be a white elephant or a vast waste of cash is now dead in the water. The death knell for the project, which had been hoped to receive £3m match funding cash from the Government but never materialised, may have finally come when Cllr Taylor told BBC Radio Cornwall this week that there is no money for the Stadium, even though Cornwall Council committed £3m - only if it was matched by the government - to the project three years ago. The council leader said it was the stadium partners’ fault if the project had collapsed because she said they had not provided a sound business case for the stadium. Cllr Taylor told the radio station: “We’ve always worked with the stadium partners, and we got to a position in full council about three years ago where we committed up to £3 million pounds, but that was subject to a business case coming forward from the stadium partners, and then with us working with the Treasury and absolutely wanting to deliver out on the stadium. “We did not achieve that particular objective because we didn’t get a full business case submitted to us. Where we are with the stadium at the moment is that we don’t have a current bid going through for the stadium. We are here to talk, but we have to make decisions based on a sound business case and also about funding and we don’t have funding within our current council budget for the provision of a Stadium for Cornwall. So we’re not lukewarm. We’ve just got to guarantee that we can provide value for money on every project that we’re looking at.” Cllr Taylor said the Langarth Garden Village scheme, which could see thousands of homes and other facilities built on the edge of Truro over the coming decade, has got land identified to accommodate the stadium, but, as it stands, she said it can’t be bankrolled by the cash-strapped local authority. Read More Related Articles Three huge RAF transporter planes spotted over Cornwall Read More Related Articles People give up on dentist appointments because waiting lists are too long She added: “There would have had to have been the community interest company set up to take over the land so that was one little hurdle. The business case is probably the most important. It does have to stack up the £3 million that Cornwall Council pledged three years ago was partly matched funding but it was all absolutely dependent on a business case coming through.
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. We’ve obviously still got an open door for any partners who are wanting to come on to that Langarth site where provision has been made for sporting facilities.” She added: “The £3 million was allocated. Those conditions have not been met that was set out by full council. So that money will, if it’s not been utilised under those conditions will absolutely come back into council coffers for allocating out to another project. There were certain conditions that need to be met. If those conditions aren’t met, then that funding will be allocated back out into our longer term plans and our ambitions for Cornwall.” In a blog post, Stadium4Cornwall, an independent group of individuals formed in 2009 with the aim of achieving a multi purpose community stadium for Cornwall said Cllr Taylor’s announcement was disappointing news. The group said: “It is with real sadness we now learn that the leader of Cornwall Council, Linda Taylor, announced that the council can no longer include the stadium as part of its Levelling Up Fund Round Two bid. This will not be taken back to full council for discussion.” Read more: Truro: 'Somewhere safe to stay hub' almost ready for first homeless people The group said the talks by Cornwall Council around the stadium and financing the project had been confusing at best. They added: “Twelve years work, worldwide interest with people on all continents following progress and 25,000 signatures on a petition for planning permission. The council have never before faced such support for an application. All this and support for stadium funding is withdrawn, leaving us nonplussed, bewildered and totally baffled by their decision.” Derek Thomas, the MP for St Ives and West Cornwall, who has campaigned for the stadium for many years, inisted it was not yet dead - but insisted it's up to Cornwall Council to save it with cash on the table. He said: "The stadium for Cornwall is far from dead but the passage of progress is excruciatingly painful. It is the case that the Stadium project has been dropped as a Levelling Up priority as Levelling Up seems to favour constituency-wide schemes rather than Duchy-wide. "However, we have a scheme that will deliver a home for football and a place for competitive rugby matches at Langarth with the majority of funding identified. We need Cornwall Council to be fully engaged and to contribute some finance and these discussions are ongoing. At the same time, I’m waiting for confirmation from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of a meeting with the SoS and stadium partners as the potential benefits of a facility of this kind have not diminished, if anything, the case for a facility to improve health and well-being through grassroots sport, and a place for people to gather for elite sport and for entertainment is even stronger." READ NEXT: Two of the worst value picturesque places in the UK are in Cornwall Filming for new movie taking place in Penryn Davidstow Creamery fined £1.5 million for killing fish and stinking out homes Three sightings of huge RAF transporter planes over Cornwall Dad took his own life after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's
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