Plymouth Argyle has begun a public consultation on plans for the redevelopment of Home Park, which include the new Mayflower grandstand and an ice rink on an adjacent site. The club held a supporters Q&A, which delves into the detail of the grandstand development, including standing areas, seating, bars. There was also a consultation over the weekend (21-22 July 2017) ahead of the club’s submission of a planning application including the wider development on sites adjacent to Home Park, which will include an ice-rink.
Argyle chairman James Brent said:
What we’re presenting are full plans, not just for the grandstand but setting that in the context of Higher Home Park and an additional piece of land that we that we have agreed, subject to planning, so people will be able to see the total picture.
The grandstand is clearly the core feature within it, but it also includes the proposed new ice-rink for Plymouth, which, in its own right, is very exciting because it will give us the only ice-rink west of Cardiff; and it will give those wonderful ice-skaters of all ages who’ve been practicing for so long to play a competitive match with an international standard ice-rink to play on.
York stadium timetable unclear
At that point, an indicative timetable was set out which said financial and technical documents should be finalised in August.
It said the project should reach financial close – with the design, build, operate and manage (DBOM) contract and the commercial development agreements signed – by late August.
Once that was completed, the construction site mobilisation would happen in September and October before the DBOM contract goes live on October 1, and the building work starts in earnest by late October.
The July report also said that until financial close was reached the exact start could not be confirmed and added: â€œUntil this point there is therefore a risk further delays could be incurred.â€
Fans had expressed fears that the project could be hit by a councillor standards row at City of York Council.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for leisure of culture, is one of two councillors who were last week asked to stand aside by the council leader pending an investigation.
City officials have now confirmed that all Cllr Ayre’s responsibilities – including the Community Stadium project – have passed to the council leader Cllr David Carr.