PM support for stadium project


The Stadium for Cornwall project has received a huge boost with the Prime Minister voicing his support for the scheme.

During a visit to the Duchy today, David Cameron pledged to help get the stadium delivered, should he still be PM after May 7.

He told Pirate FM: “A stadium can be such a huge focus for the community. It helps bring jobs. It helps bring stars and talent. It can lead to the building of hotels. As a sports stadium it inspires young people. It can be a real focus.

“I think what the Government should be doing is get the Department of Culture, Media and Sport down here, get the treasury here, get round the table with all the local players and authorities and say ‘how can we help catalyse and make this happen’, and if it requires a little bit of money, I’m sure we can help find that.”

The pledge was welcomed by Rob Saltmarsh, MD of the Inox Group, which is working with Truro & Penwith College, The Cornish Pirates and Henry Boot Developments to deliver the Stadium for Cornwall using the proceeds of a proposed mixed-use development on the edge of Truro.

He said: “We are delighted that David Cameron has recognised and accepted the case for a Stadium for Cornwall and warmly welcome the commitment that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Sport England will work with interested parties in Cornwall on its delivery.

“We remain committed to finding a private sector-led solution and are working on taking our scheme back to Cornwall Council’s planning committee in June. We hope other political parties will make a similar pledge so that whatever the outcome on May 7we can all work together on realising the dream of a Stadium for Cornwall.”