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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Stadium talks still go on

WHITEHAVEN Miners’ Welfare has denied making any demands that would stand in the way of the Pow Beck community sports stadium going ahead.

It follows renewed speculation of continuing problems in negotiating a long-term lease. But Miners’ secretary Brian Birkett, who is heading negotiations, told The Whitehaven News: “There are no demands. Everything is going through due process.”

They were, however, seeking clarification on a long list of questions over works due to be carried out on their land.

After a pre-arranged meeting of the stadium partners on Tuesday, Copeland Council chief executive Paul Walker said: “All partners are working hard to ensure the stadium project progresses. The partners met to discuss the project and work is ongoing.”

Fresh concerns come only a month after the RFL confirmed the allocation of two Rugby League World Cup fixtures would be played in the £5.5 million stadium in the autumn of 2013.

It was thought at the time a stadium deal had finally been done, subject to legal agreements over how much the Miners’ will receive for giving development access.

The financial details have been kept secret but is believed to be much less than the £750,000 first thought.

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