Minister Calls On Spurs To End Olympic Stadium Bid

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 77 months ago
Minister Calls On Spurs To End Olympic Stadium Bid

Like a poker player convinced that the next turn will present an unlikely flush, Tottenham Hotspur are relentlessly pursuing a legal battle to acquire the Olympic Stadium, despite the likes of West Ham, the Mayor, Haringey Council, the Olympic Park Legacy Committe, an independent inquiry, the team's own fans, and other interested parties inveigling upon them to drop it.

The latest to join them is Hugh Robertson, minister for sport and the Olympics, who has urged the club to accept the £17m funding package that the GLA and Haringey council have promised them should they build a new ground at Northumberland Park, near to their existing White Hart Lane home. Plans for the stadium were unveiled last year when Haringey council gave their approval, but the project has been sidetracked by Spurs' unsuccessful bid for the Olympic stadium and their continued calls for a legal review since the decision was made.

Not everybody see the Mayor's munificence in the same way: Speaking to TalkSport, Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn, whose club is threatened by what he sees as an existential menace from a souped-up West Ham parking in their manor, described the £17m as a "bung".

Orient supported Tottenham's call for a judicial review of the decision to award West Ham the stadium, which will begin on 18th October. Should the decision go against Spurs, one would hope this would finally put the matter to rest, particularly as the lingering uncertainty about the stadium's future is affecting the proposed bid for the World Athletics Championship in 2017 (Tottenham, lest we forget, would demolish the stadium and rebuild anew, sans running track). The club's best bet would be to seize the generous offers put forward by municipal and city-wide authorities and press ahead with plans for a new ground in Tottenham.

Last Updated 29 September 2011

Helen

West Ham  are not moving into their manor as West Ham will be moving within their own borough of Newham whereas Leyton Orient are in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.  Hearn is just out for what he can get - he wants the hockey stadium so he can sell Brisbane Rd and make a pot of money for himself.  Not long ago he was moving to Harlow.  He doesnt want West Ham to move closer to Brisbane Rd yet if they get the Olympic Stadium wants to move closer to them in the Hockey Stadium - yet he supported the Spurs  move into the Olympic Stadium. 

Tonyrukker

Tottenham HotSpuds deserve to be given absolutely nothing for holding the entire country to ransom.

Julian cheyne

Neither West Ham nor Tottenham should get public money be it a grant or a loan. Nor should the stadium be given, sold, or whatever to a football club. It was meant to be a dedicated athletics stadium. Football clubs are not community facilities, they belong to companies and their facilities are used for a limited purpose and are not available to the public at large. This stadium was built to provide facilities for the public and for athletes. The suggestion that public funding of facilities like these will provide economic benefits is incorrect. A study on public investment into stadiums stated 'independent work on the economic impact of stadiums and arenas has
uniformly found that there is no statistically significant positive
correlation between sports facility construction and economic
development.' This is an absurd situation which is getting steadily more ridiculous. But that will make no difference. The money will be shelled out regardless!