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Stadium for Cornwall

Cornwall Council cabinet has voted unanimously to continue to explore the viability of a Stadium for Cornwall that could create up to 400 jobs.

Councillors met this morning (Weds) at County Hall to discuss the approval of spending up to £120,000 on taking the project forward and building up a final business case.

The cabinet noted the findings of a provisional feasibility study which has identified the most suitable site as that of Langarth Farm, Threemilestone, near Truro.

A petition with nearly 12,000 signatures of people in favour of the stadium was received by Alec Robertson, Cornwall Council leader, and Carolyn Rule, cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, shortly before the meeting.

Addressing the cabinet meeting, Cllr Rule said the project would encourage participation in sports and be accessible to all.

She said: "This project aims to build a stadium that will be an inspirational multi-use stadium and visitor complex built to exemplar environmental standards which maximises the economic benefits to Cornwall."

Cllr Rule acknowledged the results of the provisional feasibility study which points to the possibility of creating a superb sporting venue and commercial space that could provide up to 400 jobs.

She said: "What it has not done is give me the detail of precisely how this will be achieved - I have got more questions that need answers before we can move to the next stage."

Cabinet heard that the work going forward will examine a range of funding options, primarily based on private investment.