Narrow window for Don Valley Stadium rescue bid
Campaigners hoping to save Don Valley Stadium from closure will learn the outcome of their bid to protect it just five days before it is due to close.
Action group Save Don Valley Stadium (SDVS) has applied to have the site listed as an asset of community value.
If successful, the group would be given the opportunity to buy the venue where athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill trains.
A decision on whether to list the venue will be taken by Sheffield City Council on 25 September.
The council said that, after seeking legal advice, it did not believe there was a conflict between being the landowner and the authority responsible for considering the nominations.
What is an Asset of Community Value (ACV) and how does a listing work?
- A building, or other land, is an asset of community value if its main use is, or has recently been, to "further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community" and it could do so in the future
- The request must come from a voluntary or community body with a local connection and relate to land in the local authority's area, or in the neighbouring local authority's area
- The listing lasts for five years and also includes should the stadium be put up for sale, a 'right to bid', which can be lodged by the group concerned within a period of six weeks, with finance secured in a period of up to four-and-a-half months
Outlining the SDVS bid, athletics coach Rob Creasey said: "We have a very clear vision of what we want to do. We want multi sport in here, we want performing arts, and we want to bring the big events back to Don Valley.
"We believe that when we put together our bid it is going to make money.
"We realise that once this place goes no-one is going to build another one."'Seamless transfer'
Sheffield City Council voted to close and demolish the stadium in April to save £700,000 a year operating costs and repair works estimated at £1.6m.
Plans have been put in place to refurbish Woodbourn Road Athletics Stadium, with Sheffield Hallam University running the site.
Mr Creasey said the site was not "capable of hosting a potato growing competition".
A council spokesman said: "We have received an application and will be meeting the applicants to explain the process in more detail shortly."
Earlier this month it said there would be a "seamless transfer" between the two facilities.
To date, 360 venues have been listed across the country as community assets, including Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium and Oxford United's Kassam Stadium.