Wakefield Trinity To Sue Council Over Stadium

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7 November 2017

The stadium saga continues in Wakefield as Wakefield Trinity have threatened to sue Wakefield Council for failing to deliver on their agreement to provide a new stadium at the Newmarket site.

The Super League club opted to remain at their Belle Vue home in September, giving up on the Newmarket plan which had not materialised, after agreeing with the council that Belle Vue would be redeveloped to Super League criteria. Last week, the club discovered that the Belle Vue landlord was expecting a full commercial rent to be paid on the ground estimated at £500k per year.

The Newmarket agreement was for a 99-year lease on a peppercorn rent.

A written statement from the club’s directors, Chris Brereton and Michael Carter said:

“The reason we are in the present predicament with no security of tenure for the future of Wakefield Trinity and its new Super League stadium is entirely the fault of Wakefield Council.

“Six years ago after three weeks of evidence, a public enquiry paid for by the ratepayers of Wakefield, concluded that a community stadium compliant to Super League standards should be built and funded by the planning gains which accrued to the property developer of the Newmarket site adjacent to the M62.

“It was the duty of Wakefield Council, as the Local Planning Authority, to ensure that in return for the land coming out of the green belt, the community stadium was constructed. The developer has its planning consent but not a brick

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