Project costs for the Community stadium are set to increase from £750,000 to £1.2 million according to a report being considered by the Council next week http://tinyurl.com/York-stadium-update.
The Council is also abandoning the “all party” committee which was driving the project forward with overall responsibility now resting with a single Labour Cabinet member (Cllr Crisp). With many decision meetings now being held in private (Cllr Crisp hasn’t taken a decision in public since 8th May) once again it seems that the Council has something to hide.
The Council has confirmed that it will invest £4 million in the project (on top of the value of the stadium site and ongoing salary costs) but with the latest business case failing to show how this expenditure will be recovered.
With the Council now seeking to privatise the running of all its sports and swimming facilities, the current operator of the Waterworld/Huntington Stadium complex (GLL which is a “social enterprise” company) has given notice to terminate its management contract with effect from 1st April 2013.
The Council are hoping to negotiate a new reduced rental for the facility which currently brings in around £260,000 to the Councils coffers each year. They are hoping to keep secret what the reduced rental charge will be.