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MP Hugh Bayley backs Monks Cross community stadium and shops plan
9:14am Wednesday 16th May 2012 in News
The Labour MP said he backed the proposed 6,000-seater stadium, but said the authority should encourage new investment in central York to boost city-centre trade and ensure Piccadilly was redeveloped.
He said the Designer Outlet at Fulford had not had the negative impact on the city centre that many traders had originally feared.
“We are in a double-dip recession, and it would not make sense to turn down an £80 million investment which will create hundreds of new jobs in York,” he said.
York Outer Tory MP Julian Sturdy said he remained “supportive of a new community stadium in principle” but appreciated the vote was going to be a tough call for all of the councillors involved.
“I have always believed that firm evidence and expert opinion should underpin the final decision and as such I am really disappointed that the council’s officers have failed to provide the councillors with any firm recommendations,” he said.
“It is essential to get this issue right for the sake of York City FC, our city’s retailers, and our wider community.”