This is an outrageous miss-use of public money. As the tax payers who funded it, do we get our money back from the sale to the developers?
Don Valley Stadium, where Olympic gold medallist Ennis-Hill trained, was closed as part of cost-saving measures approved by Sheffield City Council last year. The stadium was built in 1990 to host the 1991 World Student Games at a cost of £29m and was one of the UK’s leading athletics venues before it was demolished.
I was at the last event before it was closed, ironically the Sainsbury’s School Games, to watch my nephew, Munroe Ritchie (pictured throwing and receiving medal far right), compete in the boys hammer event for South-East England.
It was a bit run-down and in need of a face-lift, but this is an appalling decision. The UK government should have centrally funded a make-over, not left it to a local council strapped for funds. Mind you look what they did with The Millennium Dome (now the privately owned O2 Arena)…where’s that public money gone?
Rant over, yours, an angry MoL
© Nick Ritchie 2014