The only public money spent on the Pickett's Lock stadium was for a feasibility study conducted in 2000–01. Sport England have estimated that the study cost £1.5 million.
As a result of the study, it was decided that the cost of the proposed National Athletics Stadium could not be justified. However, Picketts Lock has successfully applied to become the London High Performance Centre for Athletics. Both primary school children and the local community will benefit from the centre.