AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Boost For Coventry National Stadium Bid
bid to be the home of the new national stadium was given a welcome
boost over the weekend.
behind the bid are due to see Patrick Carter, leader of the
Government’s task force responsible for looking at the three
proposed sites, in London tomorrow. He will submit his report to
ministers this week and wants to meet representatives from Coventry,
Birmingham and London.
reports over the weekend said the Government is not keen to
redevelop the Wembley site and favours a Midland option. That puts
it at odds with the Football Association but is a considerable boost
for the region’s two bids.
is convinced it has a better case than Birmingham and can deliver a
new stadium quicker and cheaper than its rivals.
Nick Nolan, leader of Coventry City Council, said today that the bid
was gaining supporters in all quarters.
will know more when we have seen Patrick Carter tomorrow. We
don’t expect him to say too much as his report has yet to be
considered by ministers, but he may give some indication of where
are confident that our bid is gaining momentum. The fact we have a
brownfield site, do not require a full planning consent or a
public inquiry is finding favour with many people.
national stadium saga has already taken too long with all the
problems of the Wembley project, and Coventry offers the quickest
and most practical option.
first priority is to win the bid for the region and if that
decision is taken first, we are convinced our case over the
Birmingham bid is overwhelming. We want to create a stadium of
which the nation can be proud and we can deliver it quickly,
practically and in line with Government policy.”
final decision will rest with culture, media and sport secretary
Tessa Jowell and sports minister Richard Caborn, who met with
Councillor Nolan and the Coventry team earlier this month.
question does remain though about the future home of the Sky Blues.
It has been reported that should the Foleshill site be chosen for
the national stadium, Coventry City will not be allowed to play
there and will need to find a new base.
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