York Knights Rugby in Westfield over next few weeks as new stadium deal is signed

Knights summer programme
York City Knights sign new Community Stadium deal

Today marks a significant milestone in the Community Stadium project, which has seen the York City Knights officially sign an agreement with the council over a new Community Stadium partnership.

A Council media release says “York City Knights’ Directors joined Cllr Nigel Ayre (Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism), Cllr Chris Steward (Leader of City of York Council) and Tim Atkins (Community Stadium Project Manager) at the council’s West Offices today to formalise the contractual agreement and cement a new chapter in the stadium project”.

The York Community Stadium partners had hoped to provide a new 8,000 seat stadium for football and rugby league, a leisure facility which would include a gym, 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, a fun pool and training pool, as well as a new sports hall and dance studio. The Community Hub on site would provide bespoke facilities for project partners with a focus on promoting health and well-being for York residents and visitors. The development also included a number of new retail units restaurants and a multi-screen cinema complex.

Concerns about the ability of the Council to fund all aspects of the project were raised earlier today.

It is unclear from the Council’s media release whether the Rugby Club will be given the use of Bootham Crescent in the period leading up to the opening of any new stadium

Acomb Fair success

Acomb Fayre Aug 2014

Hundreds of local people were able to enjoy the Acomb Green fair yesterday with falconry displays, stalls, and dog competitions.

Fortunately the rain which had stopped previous events on the Green held off for most of the afternoon.

Well done to the Friends of Acomb Green for putting on the event which draws together people in Acomb to see the beauty of what is on their doostep, and there were even the lovely church bells from St Stephen’s to enjoy with the live music that was being performed by local artists (young and old).