WYCOMBE Air Park has the “best potential” for a community stadium, according to findings released today from a council's public consultation.
More than 70 per cent of 8,376 written responses received by Wycombe District Council were in favour of the site at Booker, with 71 per cent saying they supported plans for a sports village.
The authority said that just 19 per cent of the people that responded to the consultation voted for Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps to remain at their current home at Adams Park, or a “Do Nothing approach”.
However, the above results were obtained by an embargoed press release handed to the Bucks Free Press on Wednesday and not the full report available to the public today.
The BFP was denied access to the full report before its public release, despite numerous requests.
A “Do Nothing approach” is not an option on the consultation formal, though respondents had a chance to vote for “none” of the shortlisted options presented to them.
WDC Leader Lesley Clarke said the report shows “the big picture” that a stadium would boost the local economy and raise the profile of the district.
She added that protesters concerns are “summarised” in the report, and vowed that further public consultation would be held prior to a planning application.
She said: “The report identifies that the stadium project is about much more that just a new stadium for Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps.
“The big picture which has been revealed shows that the project could give the local economy a significant boost, raise the profile of the district and encourage wider participation in sports.
“We are taking seriously issues raised about infrastructure and the environment and they will be looked at very carefully at every stage of the planning process.”
The six-week consultation also included results from six focus groups from across the district. While about 1,400 people attended two discussion forums and three public exhibitions organised and hosted by the council.
The consultation's findings will be put before the authority's Cabinet on Monday, January 17, where members will decide on the next course of action for the plans.
The full report on the consultation's results will be published on the council's website today.