A question mark is hanging over the future of Workington’s proposed multi-million pound stadium following an election upset that has changed the political landscape of Allerdale, the Times & Star report.
The former Labour-led executive wanted a new shared venue for Workington Reds and Workington Town, with the 8,000-capacity arena the linchpin of their successful bid to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Reds’ Borough Park and Town’s Derwent Park are both in need of an upgrade with the shared stadium described as “vital” to both clubs as well as to the sporting future of the area.
But councillors who have previously branded the project an expensive “vanity project” now have the largest share of the council seats, sparking fears that the plans are now at risk.
Independents and the Conservatives look now set to form a coalition after Labour slumped to third place on May 2, with sports fans facing an anxious wait to find out if the stadium is still happening.
The council confirmed that Reds are still due to make the temporary move to the Derwent Park ahead of the planned demolition of Borough Park, with works continuing to make the rugby ground match-ready for the football team’s arrival.