|COUNCIL MEET ON STADIUM
(Tuesday 24th June 2008)
Wycombe District Council are to set up a 'Working Party' with a view to "resolving the issues of the current stadium within the next 5 years". The situation was discussed at a Cabinet meeting on 9th June where a report was presented that claimed, "Wycombe Wanderers has had a loyal following in Wycombe for many years and this fan base widened when London Wasps started to ground share with them.".
The Council acknowledged the fact that both clubs had been a benefit to the District in both sporting, community and economic terms. This follows on from the Wycombe Development Framework Core Strategy Inspector highlighting, “Key issues that need to be addressed are replacing the Sports Centre and its outdoor facilities and resolving issues relating to Adams Park". The report to the Cabinet added, "It is now considered that the time is right to put these discussions on a more formal footing exploring the implications of developing options for the future."
The meeting came just three days after an article in the Bucks Free Press that claimed that Wasps would begin looking outside of Wycombe unless they got a written agreement from the Council of their intention to support a new ground. Lawrence Dallaglio has also been dragged into the charm offensive with Wanderers and Wasps shareholder Steve Hayes concluding "I want to be sitting there watching a game in five years. That's realistic but it need everyone pulling in the right direction."
Hayes first revealed his idea to build a new stadium at a Fans Forum in August 2007 and this 'only option' was driven home by Club Chairman Ivor Beeks in his Annual Report, stating in November 2007, "Whilst the Board will continue to drive revenue opportunities and control costs at Adams Park, the long term solution to becoming financially self sufficient has to be the creation of a new stadium. This will provide the impetuous (sic) for larger attendances and higher revenues for both Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps. Without achieving this goal it is unlikely that the ambitions of both Clubs and the local community in which they participate will be realised."
The Cabinet are due to view a detailed report at a meeting scheduled for 29th September 2008.
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