With the official planning decision notice still predictably delayed, the Community Stadium development contract cannot yet be signed.
This means that potential contractor GLL cannot take over the running of leisure facilities like Energise in Acomb.
GLL were the managers of the Huntington Stadium and the adjacent Waterworld facility, but both closed about 6 months ago.
We understand that staff at the successful Energise leisure centre have been told that a proposed 1st June handover date has now been shelved.
There never seemed any real possibility that the Secretary of State would decide whether or not to call in the Community Stadium plans before the General Election.
June seemed the earliest likely decision date but even that could be optimistic if the election result is not – as appears likely to be the case – clear cut.
The July 2016 opening date for the stadium continues to look very optimistic.
The project is running over 2 years behind schedule mainly as a result of a decision by some Labour Councillors to privatise all the City’s leisure facilities into one contract.
This led to the closure of Waterworld and a threat to future of the Yearsley Pool.