The deputy prime minister John Prescott has asked for part of the public inquiry into Falmer stadium to be re-opened.
Falmer has not been ruled out as a site for a new community stadium. However, seven other sites are also being re-examined as potential alternatives. These are the area around Brighton Station, Brighton Greyhound Stadium, Shoreham Harbour, Sheepcote Valley, Toad's Hole Valley, Waterhall and Withdean Stadium. He wants these tested against various criteria including development costs, chances of acquiring the site, transport and environmental impact.
Council leader Ken Bodfish has responded by saying: "It's clearly not over and it's a brave decision by Mr Prescott to challenge the conclusions of the inspector. At the inquiry the club and the council exhaustively spelled out the problems with all alternative sites. But if we have to do it all again to convince Mr Prescott that Falmer is the only viable option, then we're happy to do so. A date has yet to be set for the inquiry to re-convene.
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