Arena 2000, the Sky
Blues super-stadium in Foleshill, has today been given the thumbs up by the Department of
the Environment, Transport and the Regions.
The City Council has received the news that the
Secretary of State doesnt want to hold a public enquiry and that Coventry can
approve the planning application for the Foleshill Gasworks site, which includes the £60
million Arena 2000, a retail centre and leisure complex.
A delighted Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Arthur
Waugh, said today;
"Arena 2000 is the flagship of the City Councils plans for the regeneration
of the north of the city. This decision will trigger changes which will bring about more
jobs, more opportunities for local people and a new image for the area.
"Now the major hurdle is over, its full speed ahead on the scheme.
Theres still a lot of details to be worked up and legal agreements to be put into
effect but we will now definitely be seeing the Football Club kick off in Coventrys
Arena 2000 in 2001."
Coventry City Chairman Bryan Richardson said:
"To say the least I am absolutely delighted with this decision both for Coventry
City and the City of Coventry. The creation of the most innovative, state of the art arena
in Europe in our city will give a massive boost to the region.
"With the Arena on its way, the future for Coventry City has never looked better,
and as a venue in Englands World Cup bid it will also bring international prestige
to both club and city."