2005 World Athletics Championships (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
December 20, 2000
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With members of the IAAF lobbying against Picketts Lock, do you think there is an opportunity for something of a rapprochement with Bromley Council in promoting Crystal Palace as a good venue for international sporting events like the World Athletic Championships, and for doing some informal and low-cost work with them in re-bidding for Sports England funding for the development of that site?


Answer for 2005 World Athletics Championships (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for 2005 World Athletics Championships (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

: If you look at areas of need, the area around Picketts Lock in the Lea Valley has much greater need than the area around Crystal Palace. I know that there are problems at Crystal Palace, but the potential for opening up the Lea Valley - putting the Wimbledon-Hackney line up there - means that all these things will come into play. I am beginning to think that we will not have anywhere for these damned athletics when they get here, at the rate we are going. Still no decision has been given to start the construction of the stadium in which they will take place. I am clearly not going to be asked to open them, and you would have to be mad to. I would not bother to put it in my diary just yet.