The front page of today's Leicester Mercury reports that both Sir Peter Soulsby, the Labour Mayoral candidate, and Gary Hunt, his Lib Dem counterpart, have both said they will not go ahead with the plan if they are elected on 5 May. The Conservative candidate, Ross Grant, is quoted as making a confused-sounding call for a review.
Just as significant may be the words attributed to Robert Wann, Labour's cabinet member for culture and leisure, who has been the chief enthusiast for the scheme:
"I will continue to support the application but I would like it to be noted that this is an issue I inherited.This is, of course, nonsense. I am reliably informed that until he breathed life into it the application to develop Aylestone Meadows was going nowhere.
"I can't wait for it all to be over – it has been a tough year."
And less than a month ago Wann was boasting to the Mercury:
"If we get the decision at 5pm, I'll have the 'dozers on by 7pm."Still, if even Wann can see that the game is up then it looks as though the Aylestone Meadows campaign has been won.