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To: Cornwall Councillors
STADIUM YES BUT NOT FUNDED BY CORNWALL COUNCIL
PLEASE VOTE AGAINST GIVING £6M TO THE STADIUM FOR CORNWALL
Why is this important?
We all agree we’d like to see Cornish rugby and football played in a new purpose built stadium but to ask Council tax payers, already reeling from a 5% increase for next year, to stump up £6M is a step too far.
In effect, this would mean us subsidizing two private companies, who right now have respective gates of around 200 and 1000, to build a 4000 seat stadium on the premise that any shortfall will be made up by business conferencing and miscellaneous courses from Truro College - and it’s far too small to host an Adele concert.
So, people in Bude and Saltash will be paying for facilities at the other end of Cornwall but, worse still, any reasonable person knows that the £6M will not be the end of it. Will the two clubs be able to generate enough income to pay for long term maintenance? The Pirates are already subsidised by generous benefactors. What if these individuals drop out? Other stadiums (Coventry, Chester and Hartlepool for example) are in financial trouble.
If Cornwall Council really has £6M to spare there are plenty of other ways they could spend the money.
• Reverse the decision to stop funding all Cornwall's Day Centres for elderly, special needs, or children.
• Ensure that local needs for the many are met rather than building a stadium for the few who want it.
• Or even fix our potholes.
There’s a Council Meeting on April 17th to discuss this so - if you don’t agree with them spending your money in this way - sign and share this petition and contact your local councillor.