£2 million of public money to be re-paid to Leeds Council

A development company must pay Leeds City Council £2m in interim court costs after a failed attempt to sue over the development rights of Leeds Arena.

In Leeds High Court on Thursday, Mr Justice Supperstone said that the case “should have never been brought” by Montpellier Estates Ltd (MEL) after they had made allegations of deceit and procurement breaches over the ending of the Council’s development competition to build the £60m venue in February.

Leeds City Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield said: “Council taxpayers will be pleased to hear that we are well on the way to recovering £2m of public money”

Leeds City Council handed over the operations of the now completed arena at the beginning of the week to SMG Europe, who will operate the venue.

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