Calls for delay to Don Valley stadium closure

The closure of Sheffield's Don Valley stadium could be granted a last minute life-line.

It’s after the community demanded more time to save the iconic stadium and home of Olympian, Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Labour councillors voted to close the stadium earlier this year despite facing fierce opposition.

The rugby league side, the Sheffield Eagles, who also use the stadium, have claimed they could be forced out of the city as a result of closure.

Members of the Sheffield athletics community have also raised concerns about the replacement facility at Woodbourn Road.

Lib Dem councillors want to see the demolition of the stadium delayed until people's questions have been addressed. They will then put the decision to a vote at next week’s Council meeting.

It’s clear that the Council have yet to answer a number of questions. Driving the Eagles out of Sheffield would be a travesty for the city. Meanwhile, local athletes think there’s still a future for the stadium as a community asset.

Either way delaying the demolition of the stadium could actually save local taxpayers money this year – so there is no excuse for Labour to rush ahead. I’m urging the Council to listen to community pleas and think through the consequences of their plan.

– Cllr Alison Brelsford, Sheffield Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Culture and Sport

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Life-line for Don Valley?

The closure of Sheffield's Don Valley stadium could be granted a last minute life-line. Community campaigners have demanded more time to save the iconic stadium and home of Olympian, Jessica Ennis-Hill.