Cornwall councillors have voted to contribute £3million towards a Stadium for Cornwall. The future of the £14million project rested on today’s vote. The result was 69 for, 41 against and 7 abstentions.
The partners behind the Stadium for Cornwall project are the Cornish Pirates, Truro and Penwith College and Truro City Football Club.
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Cornish Pirates have been training hard ahead of their big challenge on Sunday.
They face Doncaster in the British and Irish Cup Quarter Final at the Mennaye. Doncaster have won both league games against the Pirates this season, and Director of Rugby Ian Davies says it's going to be a tough one.
"They're our nemesis at the moment. Hopefully that changes on Sunday.
"They're a gnarly old side; they know how to play the game, how to slow it down, how to play at their tempo, and we've got to try and negate that and play our own style."
Cornish Pirates say they are "absolutely delighted" that Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for a shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium.
The Stadium will be the new home of the Championship team and will give them a facility "that can showcase the game as a great spectacle".
From a Pirates perspective, the Board can now begin to view the future with clarity over where we will be playing and begin the process to build on our existing great supporter base and to attract new sponsorship incomes.
We can now plan to progressively build the playing squad to compete at the top end of the Championship, within a facility that can showcase the game as a great spectacle but for our players also to showcase their own individual skills in a perfect setting.
We will be working with the other Stadium partners to progress the development of the plans that will bring real benefit to the community across the whole of Cornwall.
Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for an out of town shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium for Cornwall.
Permission had already been granted for the stadium on the outskirts of Truro - but the money to build it depended on permission for a shopping development at West Langarth, about four miles from the city centre.
That's just been approved, against the recommendation of council officials.
The fate of the Stadium for Cornwall could be decided at a council meeting later today.
Planners are being recommended to turn down an application for a supermarket on the site at Threemilestone near Truro, which developers say is needed to finance the stadium.
A decision was deferred in March to allow further work to be carried out on the application.
The 6,000-seat stadium would be the new home of the Cornish Pirates.
The Cornish Pirates were in action in the Championship tonight.
They travelled to Nottingham -- and after leading 9-0 at half time at Lady Bay Stadium, the Pirates went on to win 16-14.
Onto rugby and Cornish Pirates made the long journey to London in the Championship tonight.
The Pirates made a good showing but were beaten by London Scottish at the Athletic Ground. Final score 27-15.
The Cornish Pirates long serving prop forward Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach.
The 36 year old known as 'Paves' has amassed 310 games for the club, inlcluding playing in the RFU Championship XV against the Maori All Blacks.
Director of Rugby Ian Davies says:
"_Alan has always had a leading input with the scrummaging here at the Pirates but now this role will help him expand his focus to other parts of the team... at some point he may realise there are other players on the field other than just front rowers! "