FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Truth Over Stadium Delays, Says MP
MP Bob Ainsworth has lambasted the Sky Blues for “silly
little” delays over its new stadium, and says he believes the
project could be in financial difficulties.
WHEN WILL WE
SEE IT, ASKS MR AINSWORTH
Coventry North East MP says the public should be told the truth
about the reasons for the hold-ups for Arena 2001, which will
not open for football for three years.
managers have blamed a delay in moving a family, who have lived
in the shadow of the old Foleshill gas-holders for years.
is now a delay over resettling them because the new site has a
mobile phone mast, which the family want moving before they will
go and live there.
Mr Ainsworth, who last week was appointed to be a minister at
the Department of Environment, Transport and Regions, said a
problem that size should not hold up the £172 million
called on the club and Coventry City Council to come clean with
the real reasons for the difficulties, so MPs in the area could
do believe that we are being confronted with the wrong reasons
why there’s a problem.
believe there’s probably a problem with the financing. If
there is, let’s get down and start talking about it and stop
pretending that silly little things like this are causing the
don’t believe that anybody is in a particular hurry to move
the family or the mast.
knew about the gypsy family and a lot of other problems before
they got into it.
of us who wanted to see the proposals success but were pretty
sceptical are entitled to say ‘What is going on’.”
Ainsworth said the involvement of the NEC group was a good sign,
but any other difficulties should be brought into the open.
said that one possible area of difficulty was the funding a new
are aware there are talks with the NEC. They have experience
of running this kind of facility and we hope that by bringing
people like that in, the proposition can be made to add up.
club said they were prepared to pay for a station, and my eyebrows
went up when they said that, because I thought stations aren’t
cheap, but they said it was a drop in the ocean compared to
the whole project.”
[15 DEC 00] SKY
BLUES 'ARENA 2003' WILL COST £172m