FULL details of the cost of Kirklees Council's bail-out of the McAlpine Stadium have been revealed.
The council will have to find £275,000 a year over the next 21 years to help the stadium company.
The shock news was unveiled to the full council meeting yesterday as Tory councillors expressed concern more money would have to be spent.
Council leader Clr Kath Pinnock revealed the details.
She said the move had been agreed because the council was guarantor for a £7m loan which would have to be repaid if the stadium company went out of business.
She told the meeting: "In my view, we have got the best deal we could obtain for the council and, more importantly, for the residents of Kirklees.
"Huddersfield Town and the Huddersfield Giants rugby league club could have found themselves homeless without it."
But there were claims that this second bail-out for the troubled McAlpine Stadium will not be the last.
Conservative Clr Christine Smith labelled as "outrageous" the agreement by the council to take over £3m loan repayments from the stadium company.
She told the council meeting: "This has happened at a time when cuts are being made in other areas and at the same time as the council tax has risen."
The loan repayment transfer came after the council handed out a £200,000 short-term loan to ease the stadium through financial difficulties.
Clr Smith said: "We all know this is not the end of it and it is going to come back here again.
"As sure as eggs is eggs, Come Christmas time, the stadium will need more."
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