Local governance campaigner Gwen Swinburn has listed nine reasons at an executive meeting why she believed the Monks Cross project, including York Community Stadium, breached UK and EU procurement laws. These included the use of a competitive dialogue procedure under 2006 public contracts legislation, under which negotiations were not allowed after the tender was received, bar minor tweaks.
York CEO Mary Weastell apologised for the delay in responding to the complaint, which was due to independent legal advice she had been given. She said the council had ‘throughout had proper regard to the regulatory framework within which this procurement is taking place’. She said the contract for the stadium project was being run under the competitive dialogue procedure, which was specifically introduced to help procuring authorities work up with bidders suitable solutions for their tendered requirements and was designed to be flexible.
The project recently overcame a legal challenge from a cinema involved in the development.
Dalymount Park upgrade
Dublin City Council says it will make a submission to the Government for funding for a €20 million redevelopment of Dalymount Park.
The council, which bought the Phibsborough sports ground in 2015 from Bohemians football club for €3.8 million, will own and run the new 10,000-seater stadium. No funding for the project is expected to come from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).
In November 2016 the council acquired the lease on Tolka Park, the home of Shelbourne football club and both clubs are to become tenants at Dalymount. However, neither club will have naming rights which will remain with the council.
Pending the redevelopment of Dalymount, Shelbourne will continue to play out of Tolka Park. During the demolition and reconstruction project, Bohemians will also use the Drumcondra football ground. The council has yet to determine the future use of Tolka Park.
The council has been in discussions with the clubs and the FAI about their requirements, project manager Don Daly said.
The accommodation brief is currently being finalised and the business case, which is required for the funding application, will be completed by early in the new year.
We own the stadium and we will run it. It will based on a European model where local authorities own and manage their stadiums. The FAI will have an advisory role, but they are not part-funding the project. We are hoping to get most of the funding from central Government.
National Indoor Arena opens
Ireland’s indoor arena has opened its doors.