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Volume 10 No. 22


The expansion plans for Roland Garros, home of the French Open, "have hit another impasse," according to Vincent Michelon of METRO FRANCE. Paris' public rapporteur has asked the Paris Administrative Court to cancel a contract signed between the French Tennis Federation and the city of Paris for the redevelopment of the Roland Garros site. The court is expected to make a decision "within two to three weeks." One of the reasons given by the rapporteur was the "undervaluation of the royalty" given by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to Paris. Another, "which is the major argument of associations and ecologists," is the violation of environmental restrictions when it comes to expanding into the Botanical Gardens, which are protected in France as a historical monument. In December, the FFT announced that the expansion plans were expected to cost €340M ($458.3M) (METRO FRANCE, 2/12).

Billionaire Donald Trump "will fight any approval of an offshore wind farm overlooking his Scottish golf resort in the courts for years," according to Peter Woodifield of BLOOMBERG. George Sorial, the exec in charge of the project, said that Trump is "deferring plans to build a five-star hotel, 500 homes and 950 rental apartments" at the £750M ($1.17B) resort until a decision on the proposal to build 11 offshore wind turbines in Aberdeen Bay is made. Sorial said, "It will be many years before we have exhausted the appeals process, which we will certainly do. We are confident they will never be built." Trump has been at "loggerheads for more than a year" with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond over his "flagship policy of making the nation the hub of European wind power" by generating all of its electricity from renewable sources by '20. Trump, who two days ago submitted plans to build a second golf course on his 1,400 acre Menie estate, said that the policy "will hurt Scottish tourism." Trump told Scottish lawmakers last year that he had had "assurances from Salmond, and his predecessor Jack McConnell, that the wind-farm plan wouldn’t proceed because of objections from the U.K. Ministry of Defence" (BLOOMBERG, 2/13).

Five years after the new Wembley opened, "a fault has been discovered in the construction of the roof, with the cost of ongoing repairs potentially running into millions," according to Paul Kelso of the London TELEGRAPH. The fault was discovered last year and "repairs have been carried out between major events." It was understood to be in the fabrication of seals that "ensure the vast structure is watertight." Wembley National Stadium Ltd. is believed to want construction firm Brookfield Multiplex to cover the cost of repairs, arguing that the flaw "was made in the construction process rather than as a result of reasonable wear-and-tear in the years since the arena opened." Sources have suggested that the cost of repairs "could run into seven-figures." The issue is of concern as the FA "seeks to balance the books and reduce the financial burden" of Wembley (TELEGRAPH, 2/12).