Today Radio Cornwall was abuzz with news on the proposed White Elephant for Cornwall (otherwise known as a Stadium for Cornwall).
The radio claimed that some sort of deal had been done but that this would be without Cornwall Council money. If so, that is good news. I have no problem with the idea of the Cornish Pirates - or any other private sector organisation or individual - building a stadium if they want. But such a project should not be subsidised by the taxpayers of Cornwall. We have already put around £80,000 into the scheme by funding a feasibility study and I have argued that this should be the end of it. Indeed, at the emergency budget in December, councillors decided to take money for the stadium out of the capital programme.
And so I asked the Leader about the issue at today's Cabinet meeting. His answer was that no deal had been done and that the Cabinet would be discussing a paper on the issue in due course.
I'm confused about why - if no council money is to be involved - this will be coming to Cabinet at all. Surely the only council involvement should be to adjudicate on a planning application if and when one is submitted.
We will have to wait and see...
UPDATE - According to the BBC Cornwall website, the Pirates would move in for a ten year tenancy and would secure the money for building. That implies that someone would have to pick up the costs of running the facility after that period. I suspect that is where the Council would have to come in.