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Thursday, 5 September, 2002, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Plymouth stadium hits snag
Plymouth Argyle's request to the city council for further financial assistance with their Home Park stadium redevelopment has been turned down.

The club needs another 5m to finish the work, which includes the construction of a replacement for the Mayflower Stand.

Plymouth say they had been led to believe the council would provide cash towards the final stages of the work.

But the council said such expenditure was difficult to justify.

Leader of the council, Kevin Wigens said: "It's unlikely to be available, but we are certainly not ruling out support for the ground in the future.

"Events have overtaken us because of the general financial climate. We have to get our priorities right," he told the Evening Herald.

Give and take

Earlier, Plymouth's vice-chairman, Peter Jones said: "People should not forget the council are the freeholder of the stadium.

"Given the fact that a revamped stadium will bring in more people, more income and more rent, they should be prepared to put in a proportion of the 5m we need."

The council contributed 2.6m towards the first stage of the revamp, which has seen three sides of the stadium rebuilt.

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