Letter, 3 November 2000, from the then
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to the Chairman
of Sport England
LEE VALLEY STADIUM
I understand that on 6 November Sport England
will be considering an application from the Lee Valley Partnership
for funding for a feasibility study. I recognise that this is
entirely Sport England's decision. I thought it might be helpful,
though, if I set out the Government's position on this project.
The Government are firmly committed to the success
of the Lee Valley Stadium Project. As you know, along with Sport
England and UK Sport, we fully supported UK Athletics in their
bid to hold the World Athletics Championships in London in 2005
and their conclusion that the Lee Valley site was the best option
for the stadium for those World Championships. So we are fully
behind this project.
At this stage of the project's development,
there is, of course, a lot of further work needed, particularly
in identifying sources of finance. But I wanted you to know that
we, for our part, will do all we can to support the Lee Valley
Partnership in identifying funding sources which will help bridge
the funding gap.