An enquiry has been received from the Wakefield Express today (Thursday) regarding a progress report of the Newmarket stadium site in relation to Wakefield Council budget cuts. We wish to confirm that our commitment to the Newmarket stadium plans remain steadfast.
Speaking earlier Sir Rodney Walker Chairman of the Wakefield & District Community Trust said: “I am the Chairman of the Wakefield & District Community Trust and am working with the developer of land at Newmarket, Wakefield. Part of this development includes community sport and leisure facilities and a stadium complex. Under this work I have received notification from Wakefield Trinity that they would be anchor tenants in the scheme but have had no indication from either of the other two professional rugby league clubs in the district. The development is currently under the planning process which was submitted with around 20,000 supporting signatures.”
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors James Elston, Chief Executive of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats said “We have applied to be anchor tenants at the Community Stadium development at Newmarket and are working with the Wakefield & District Community Trust as they progress this. We understand that outline planning was lodged in February of this year and it is hoped this process will be completed shortly.
“We have been contacted by Wakefield Council who have proposed to review both stadium sites at Glasshoughton and Newmarket. We have made a detailed response to Wakefield Council and have been asked to attend a meeting to discuss progress at J30 Newmarket.
“We are confident that Newmarket is the only viable option for delivering community sport and leisure facilities in the district and to retain Super League rugby in Wakefield and have pledged our continued support to the Wakefield & District Community Trust and the Developer.”