Residents back Wakefield Wildcats stadium plan

Residents backing proposals to build a home for Wakefield Wildcats as part of a sprawling mixed use development have formed a new action group.

Until now, opinion on the development appeared to be split between Wildcats fans desperate for a new stadium and worried local homeowners living close to the proposed site on the former Newmarket Colliery, near Junction 30 of the M62.

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A meeting of Wakefield Council's Planning and Highways Committee last year gave the plans the green light after hearing from both sides.

But the Secretary of State has since decided a public inquiry will be held to make the final decision on the project, which will feature a 12,000-capacity stadium with the Wildcats as anchor tenants, business, distribution and storage units and a hotel.

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Now residents in favour of the proposals have formed the Residents for Newmarket (RFN) action group in a bid to see the plans approved.

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Chairman of the RFN, Jonathan Stone, from Stanley, told the YEP: "We want to make local people aware of what they may be losing by not supporting this application.

"Should we really be turning down the opportunity of 2,500 plus new permanent jobs and 500 construction jobs on a brown field site, the majority of which is unsightly scrub land used mainly as a fly tip, when we are facing huge local job losses due to Government cuts?"

The group is holding a public meeting at Stanley Rangers, Lee Moor Road, Stanley on January 11 at 7.30pm.

Mr Stone added "We want anyone and everyone to come along, more so if they remain undecided about the development, and listen to our case and ask questions. We want to present the true facts, positive and negative."