What are Lee Valley saying?
8:00am Wednesday 11th April 2012 in News
As we launch a campaign to stop south London money paying for a park in north London, here is what Lee Valley says in response...
A Lee Valley Regional Park Authority spokesperson said: "We attract people from every single London borough and in total, five million people visit our park each year.
"An average of 15,000 people per year visit the park and take part in a range of activities we organise from each of the four south London boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth.
"We've cut the levy on Londoners for the second year running - and it now stands at £1.24 a person per annum, which will pay the running costs of four Olympic venues in legacy, as well as a host of other world class sports venues and award winning parklands.
"Our sports venues and open spaces are of a world class standard that benefit the region and the whole nation.
"Lee Valley Athletics Centre for example, is the training base for half of the GB Athletics Team, which will carry the hopes of the country at this year’s London Olympic Games.
"The park is home to eight Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a title given only to the country’s very best wildlife sites.
"Last month we ran our second Schools Festival at the Lee Valley White Water Centre with hundreds of children from every London Borough rafting the same white water course the world's best athletes will tackle in the Olympic Games and for free.
"Our diverse work, from nature conservation, education programmes to sport is unique and varied.
"The Park is a genuine regional asset providing excellent value for money while making a positive contribution to the capital’s environment and all its communities."