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

Annex 19

Letter, 8 December 2000, from Sport England to WNSL


  I am writing to confirm that the Council considered your re-submitted grant application for the English National Stadium Project on 4 December 2000.

  The Council's decisions were as follows:

  1.  On the basis that there is no evident demand from the relevant parties to hold athletics events at the stadium, it approved the removal of the athletics obligations under the Lottery Funding Agreement.

  2.  This would include the removal of the requirement from the Lottery Funding Agreement (LFA):

    2.1  To hold athletics events at the stadium on a "costs only" basis; and

    2.2  To retain the design capability of the stadium to accommodate athletics.

  3.  The Council decision was on the basis:

    3.1  That WNSL should still have the obligation (on a costs only basis) to host Olympic events other than track and field athletics events, which require no alteration to the Stadium. In this context, the installation of the platform would constitute such an alteration to the stadium.

    3.2  The applicants can provide adequate assurances as to payment of £20 million;

    3.3  Appropriate changes to the LFA are agreed.

  We shall now prepare amendments to the LFA to reflect Council's decision based upon those amendments submitted with your application, and to effect the associated £20 million payment as envisaged in your re-submitted application. This will be circulated shortly. Meanwhile, I understand that these points will be discussed at the WNSL Board meeting on 11 December when I hope agreement can be reached.

  On a related matter, the Council approved a change to the LFA to reflect the agreed programme for the construction of the project (39 months), instead of the current LFA requirement (36 months).

  In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss any aspect of the Council's decision in this matter. You will also appreciate that we will need urgent clarification of the current timetable and the basis for any future request to extend milestone three.

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