Support gathers for a new Wakefield stadium

Wakefield Wildcats fans outside County Hall celebrate the decision of the planning committee with John Kear.

Wakefield Wildcats fans outside County Hall celebrate the decision of the planning committee with John Kear.

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SUPPORTERS of the proposed £19m complex which could provide a home for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are to meet next week.

Stadium Wakefield Action Group (SWAG) has been hoping for a community stadium since 2004 and is made up of residents who support the Newmarket Lane project.

Wakefield Council has already given the green light to the Yorkcourt Properties development, which will include a multi-use games area, business units and a hotel.

But the plan was called in by the government and a public inquiry into the decision begins next month as more than 1,000 people have objected to the development.

Wildcats are relying on the plans as they look to relocate from Belle Vue.

And as part of conditions of its Super League status it needs to upgrade its facilities within the next two years.

Phil Townsend of SWAG said: “It is our intention that this proposal should be passed, just as it was unanimously by the planning committee at Wakefield Council in 2010.

“There is a need both for improved sporting facilities for amateur sporting clubs and for Wakefield’s only full time professional sporting club - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats - whose future in Super League is very much dependent upon this facility being completed.”

SWAG, along with Newmarket residents and Wakefield Trinity Supporters Trust, is inviting people to join their campaign at a public meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Cats Bar on Belle Vue.

Speakers will update details of the development and provide an insight into the workings of the public inquiry itself.

The public inquiry takes place at the Town Hall on Tuesday, December 6.