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STEVENAGE COUNCIL LEADER DEFENDS INVESTMENT POLICY

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The leader of Stevenage BC has defended the authority's investment policy after criticism of money put into the loc...
The leader of Stevenage BC has defended the authority's investment policy after criticism of money put into the local football club, reports BBC Three Counties.

Around £2m has been spent upgrading the Broadhall Way site, with a large part coming from the council, but delays mean the ground is still not up to Football League standards.

Next month's FA Cup fixture between Stevenage FC and Birmingham City is having to be played in the midlands because Broadhall Way still is not ready.

The council last week also agreed to waive rent for four months because of lost income caused by the delay. That decision was condemned by the lone opposition councillor, Robin Parker, who said too much money has already been poured into the club.

Labour leader Brian Hall has responded by issuing a statement defending the council's investment policy. He says it brings substantial benefit to council taxpayers and has given the town what he describes as 'a magnificent football stadium which is home to one of the best non-League teams in the country'.
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