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In response to recent public comments, I want to set out the facts of the stadium land transfer, so all are very clear moving forward.
Inox remains unwavering in it’s support for the stadium for Cornwall, a position I have held for over a decade and Inox remains fully committed to provide the stadium land to Cornwall Council.
In 2017, Cornwall Council approached Inox and requested my company’s support for its’ Garden Village ambitions at Langarth. This vision seeks to provide a comprehensive re-plan of the area and to accelerate delivery of key infrastructure including a new relief road, schools, park and ride, employment opportunities and residential housing, both open market and affordable, alongside a £47m supporting grant from central Government. The sale of land to Cornwall Council has subsequently been agreed and legal work is currently being concluded.
The Council and Inox had originally agreed to legally transfer the stadium land in isolation, to help facilitate the stadium coming forward as soon as possible. However, it became apparent, during detailed legal exchanges, that delivering the project in a robust manner, would require the supporting infrastructure land to be transferred as one comprehensive package. Transferring the stadium land on a piecemeal basis simply did not work and would only result in delays further down the line for the project.
Inox and Cornwall Council officers, alongside their respective legal teams, continue to work diligently to bring this matter to a close as soon as physically possible. No one party is being obstructive and it is plainly wrong to seek to blame one party for the time it is taking to conclude this complex transaction. We will keep working hard until the matter is brought to a close.
I am acutely aware of how important the stadium is to Cornwall and I remain of the opinion that this facility will be a game changer for Cornwall, both in terms of professional sport but also sport at grass roots level. The educational and catering involvement of Truro and Penwith College remains a very exciting aspect also.
I recall making my Bristol RFC debut versus Exeter RFC as a 21 year old, in the mid 1990’s at the old County Ground in Exeter and ambitions for a move to a new ground were being muted then. It took the club some 15 years to see their stadium at Sandy Park become a reality, with some saying it would never happen. The positive impact the Exeter Chiefs and Sandy Park has had on the surrounding area has been nothing short of remarkable. I have no doubt that Dicky Evans and the stadium partners will make a success of this project and I would simply ask that faith and enthusiasm remains for a while longer.
Managing Director – Inox
The Chair of the Stadium for Cornwall Board of Directors continues to have constructive dialogue with Cornwall Council about how to realise the vision for a Stadium for Cornwall and progress the transfer of land to the Stadium for Cornwall Community Interest Company (S4C CIC), to allow ground works to commence as soon as possible.
The Stadium for Cornwall team asks for you to bear with us while we work behind the scenes to deliver the Stadium we all desire, starting with ground access, the football pitch and phasing developments as funds allow.
The Stadium for Cornwall team is disappointed not to be singled out for an immediate capital grant of £14m to start to build the much sought after Stadium and its world-class sports concussion unit.