Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 2

Letter, 2 November 2000, from the Chairman of Sport England to the then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport


  I am writing further to recent correspondence relating to the proposed removal of athletics from Wembley. We have had a number of responses to the consultation exercise, and we intend to present proposals to the Council on Monday 6 November 2000, for discussion. We are also scheduled to present a report on the application for further funding for the feasibility of development of the Picketts Lock project.

  On the former the continuing sticking point appears to be in relation to the costs of holding non track and field Olympic events and Derek Casey is in discussions with Wembley on the point raised by you and the BOA.

  On the issue of Picketts Lock, we have received a letter from Len Hatton, in his capacity as Chairman of the London 2005 Organising Committee, a copy of which is attached. The letter concerns issues relevant to both the Wembley and Picketts Lock issues.

  As you know, one of our key concerns relates to the funding shortfall on the Picketts Lock project. I am aware that this has been raised with you by Des Wilson in the last 24 hours and I understand that you will be writing to us to clarify the Government's position. This would be very helpful in that Len Hatton's letter raises issues, upon which I would welcome your views, if possible, prior to the Council meeting on Monday.

  In presenting the application to Council for further funding, we are undertaking an assessment of the key risks going forward. The principal risks at the current time relate to the ability of the project to achieve a planning consent within a reasonable timescale and the potential funding shortfall. However the Council will be asked to provide some support for key elements of the next feasibility stage. Within this context the clarification on the potential of additional funds coming from local and/or national Government would be helpful.

  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any of these matters.

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