12 London Council Leaders Back West Ham’s Bid
Author: Bill Wynn
Further to my previous blog posts: London 2012 – the Olympic Park legacy debate and London 2012 Olympic Stadium decision is put on hold.
I read with interest today in the Enfield Independent, that as Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) prepared to make its final pitch for the Olympic stadium yesterday, Haringey Council leader Claire Kober has written a letter urging decision-makers to "put London first". Furthermore, she has been backed by 11 other council leaders who believe West Ham's vision is the right one for the capital.
In her letter, backed by 11 other council leaders, Claire Kober said: "The Olympic Games offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the lives of residents and this is a vital decision which must deliver lasting benefits for all Londoners, not just serve the interests of one football club."She added: "The proposal put forward by Newham Council and West Ham offers a major boost to the continuing regeneration of London – building on the work already done around the Olympic site, whilst opening the door to a major redevelopment of the area around West Ham's existing ground and leaving the way clear for the much-needed development of Tottenham." The letter ended with the plea to "put London first" and support the development that would "capture the spirit of the Olympic Games for decades to come, protect jobs and livelihoods, protect London’s investment, and bolster London’s rightful reputation as a global super city". Council leaders representing authorities including Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Camden, Islington, Newham, Southwark and Lewisham all signed the letter. They agreed Spurs' intentions to knock down the £500 million Olympic stadium and rebuild it to their taste were "an affront to taxpayers" that are funding the games through the GLA precept – the proportion of council tax paid to City Hall. Copies of the letter were also sent to local government secretary Eric Pickles, culture minister Jeremy Hunt, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson and London mayor Boris Johnson. This debate will run and run. Do you have a view on this debate? Let's hear it.