Stadium in doubt after cash offer withdrawn
Plans for a new sports stadium in Cornwall have been dealt a devastating blow after Cornish Pirates boss Dicky Evans pulled the plug on funding.
The beleaguered scheme for a 10,000-seat venue has had a turbulent history, including a bitter political row which saw Cornwall Council withdraw financial backing last year.
Only this week attempts by Truro City Council to block a huge residential development seen as key to the plans, was thrown out in the High Court, apparently clearing the way for the stadium to go ahead.
But now Mr Evans, who has bankrolled two ambitious but unsuccessful attempts to lift the Pirates up a league into the top tier of rugby, has said he is "stepping aside" and withdrawing a guarantee to pay the running costs of a stadium for first ten years. The club chairman said the council decision not to support the plan had been "a massive blow" and meant that "all bets were off". In a statement he added: "With no stadium on the horizon, my agreement to fund the running of the stadium (that didn't exist) also fell away."
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Developers Inox are still to go ahead with the 1,500 homes at Langarth, on the city outskirts, but a financial backer to build the stadium has yet to emerge.