A SPECIAL board charged with bringing a new community stadium to York has been approved by city leaders.

City of York Council’s ruling executive yesterday agreed to set up a project board, to help ensure a suitable site is found and a stadium built by 2012.

Former council leader Steve Galloway and city strategy director Bill Woolley will represent the council on the board.

Coun Galloway said: “This marks an important stage in the quest to provide improved spectator sports facilities in the city.”

He said immediate ambitions “may have to be modest” given the financial climate.

Council leader Andrew Waller said it was vital to take the project forward, in order not to jeopardise York City Football Club’s £2 million grant from the Football Foundation.