Thornes Park Stadium fire: Wakefield local elections count may be held away from venue for first time in years
Wakefield Council is looking at alternative arrangements for this year's local elections count, with its usual venue likely to be closed for the next three months.
The fire-stricken Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, on the outskirts of the city centre, has been used to tot up and announce the results of every local and national election for years.
Many long-serving councillors and MPs, including Mary Creagh, have found themselves out of a job while standing in the stadium's cavernous sports hall in recent times.
The council hopes part of the stadium may be fit to host the count for both local election and Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which both place on Thursday, May 7.
But contingency plans are being put in place if it fails to make the grade.
Returning officer Gillian Marshall said on Friday the council was "Currently considering alternative venues for May’s local and PCC election counts should Thornes Park Stadium remain unavailable at the time."
Police said earlier this week they've spoken to three boys, aged 11, 12 and 13, in connection with the blaze.
A total 21 council seats are being contested in Wakefield at the election, 18 of which are currently held by Labour.
Local Democracy Reporting Service