In or out? (of the city)

A Belfast City Council commissioned University of Ulster report has recommended an in-city venue for the proposed national stadium with a joint public-private partnership for its development (Full report here pdf file). One of the report’s authors, economist Mike Smith, projects a potential value of the Maze site for the government of between £365 to £550 million. Yesterday, DCAL Minister Poots upped the ante when he imposed a deadline of only 11 days for a Belfast proposal. The final decision will lay with the Executive and in particular, the Department of Finance and Personnel. With water charges and rate reform looming large and a long list of vital capital projects, will the other options be more tempting for Peter Robinson and others?