The University has lost its battle to be chosen as the location of the new York City Community Stadium.
York Council instead chose Monks Cross, a location which had already been backed by York City Football Club’s chairman, Jason McGill.
The decision was made this afternoon at a City of York Council’s executive meeting.
A UGM, proposed by Jason Rose in May, had mandated YUSU to lobby the University and York City Council to make Heslington East the site for the new stadium.
In the shortlisted notes, the council felt that the Heslington East proposal had the advantages of having “excellent links for community sports and education with University”.
However, the notes also said that the Monks Cross site would allow for “community focus”, as well as a “potential uplift in land value”.
Monks Cross also had the support had a “firm commitment” from the York City Knights and the City of York Athletics Club.
As a result, Councillor Steve Galloway said that the two clubs had secured the ability to “modernising both spectator sports and participatory sports facilities in the city”.
He went on to say that “if the council approves the initiative, we will move as quickly as possible to take advantage of the opportunity which has presented itself”.
In response to the news, Rose felt that “most individuals in the city, including clubs and pressure groups, are only interested in trying to secure a fit site for the club, and such are picking the easiest option and picking the option with the stadium already there.
“Some of the pros and cons listed are not fully expanded upon on all sites and the options haven’t been explored in detail in this council meeting. There have also been mixed reports about the placement of athletics facilities.”
Rose went on to say that despite the positive “initial response from the Council and Club”, Heslington East wasn’t given “the same credence as the other sites”.
The earliest completion date for the project will be 2014. Despite having the lowest funding gap of the sites on the shortlist, there is still a funding gap of nearly £9.5m for the proposed Monks Cross stadium.