Handing Spurs Olympic stadium would be 'diabolical' waste of money

Haringey Independent: Tottenham MP, David Lammy, furious at Spurs plans to demolish the Olympic stdaium Tottenham MP, David Lammy, furious at Spurs plans to demolish the Olympic stdaium

TOTTENHAM MP David Lammy said Spurs plans to demolish most of the Olympic stadium was a "diabolical waste of public money".

Spurs revealed the plans to rip apart the venue if they successfully bid for the stadium yesterday. Mr Lammy said that it would waste half a billion pounds of taxpayers' money.

Despite its estimated £496 million price tag, the stadium could only stand for one month and the Olympic-standard facilities, including the athletics track, would be lost, if the Spurs plan is approved.

The Labour MP said granting such an application would be a "diabolical waste of public money" and said it was unfair that London council taxpayers would be footing the bill for a venue used only by Spurs and entertainment giant AEG.

Mr Lammy added: "It would be astonishing in these hard pressed times if the Government and Boris Johnson approve a bid that sees over half a billion pounds of public money down the drain after just one month."

He said if Spurs were named the preferred bidder, he would demand a public investigation from the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office.

In a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, Mr Lammy highlighted concerns that if the Government approved the Spurs bid, it would be rob Tottenham of its biggest hope for regeneration in the deprived corner of north London.

Mr Lammy said: "If Spurs is allowed to leave White Hart Lane, this Government's legacy for the constituency with the highest unemployment in London will be to have removed the largest private employer. That cannot be right."

In an interview with the BBC, the stadium architect, David Kierle, defended the decision, stating: "It's not entirely demolition. We will be using some of the undercroft (cellar) but we're not using much."

Spurs are bidding against West Hame United in partnership with Newham Council.

Tottenham Hotspur said they would soften the blow of losing the athletics track by helping to redevelop facilities at Crystal Palace as well as funding sport projects across all the Olympic boroughs.

The Olympic Park Legacy Committee (OLPC) will announce their preferred bidder on Friday, January 28, before going to London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Government for final approval.

Last year, Haringey Council approved a planning application for Spurs to build a new stadium near its current White Hart Lane home and include new homes, new jobs and attract new businesses but it is a pricier option than the move to Stratford which has fans up in arms.

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12:40pm Thu 13 Jan 11

mikezappa says...

OK Mr Lammy.
Exactly what have you done to encourage THFC to remain in WHL?
Answer...absolutely nothing.

In fact THFC were forced to change their plans a number of times at considerable expense just to get planning permission.

Tell me Mr Lammy, why should THFC be expected to pay for the regeneration of your area?
What makes you think that you can treat the club like a cash cow?

What have you done to secure public funds to help THFC develop WHL in the way that the Arsenal and Wembley stadiums were helped?

Basically, you and the rest of Haringey council thought it was Christmas and that you could sit on your arse and milk the club for new roads, new transport links, walkways, signage, preserve old buildings to give your mates at English heritage something to boast about.
All costing THFC millions and Haringey nothing.

Now that THFC are considering moving your laziness in this matter is coming to light and you don't like it so you are trying to distract us by banging on about a project that has nothing to do with you.

Too late Mr Lammy, you've been rumbled and THFC are moving so you can stew in your dustbowl and reflect on how you failed Tottenham and it's biggest employer.
OK Mr Lammy. Exactly what have you done to encourage THFC to remain in WHL? Answer...absolutely nothing. In fact THFC were forced to change their plans a number of times at considerable expense just to get planning permission. Tell me Mr Lammy, why should THFC be expected to pay for the regeneration of your area? What makes you think that you can treat the club like a cash cow? What have you done to secure public funds to help THFC develop WHL in the way that the Arsenal and Wembley stadiums were helped? Basically, you and the rest of Haringey council thought it was Christmas and that you could sit on your arse and milk the club for new roads, new transport links, walkways, signage, preserve old buildings to give your mates at English heritage something to boast about. All costing THFC millions and Haringey nothing. Now that THFC are considering moving your laziness in this matter is coming to light and you don't like it so you are trying to distract us by banging on about a project that has nothing to do with you. Too late Mr Lammy, you've been rumbled and THFC are moving so you can stew in your dustbowl and reflect on how you failed Tottenham and it's biggest employer. mikezappa

4:35pm Thu 13 Jan 11

AlexanderBuckley says...

Can't believe mikezapper is painting David Lammy as the bad guy. And Arsenal did not receive public funding for the Emirates. Get your facts right.

If Spurs do move to Stratford, you may well get your wish for a publicly-funded stadium and what will Spurs fans get? Over-priced tickets in a stadium miles from home.

As a lifelong Spurs fan, I'm devastated the club would consider moving to east London. Since I was a nipper I've been going to White Hart Lane. I've spent thousands on strips and tickets for me and my sons and the club won't even consider the opinions of fans who've made it what it is. Spurs are the only real north London club. We can't move east. It changes everything.

Haringey Council has approved their application. They should build in Tottenham. That's their home. I suppose it's too much to ask that businessmen like Daniel Levy put people before profits.

I would rather walk into a crumbling White Hart Lane every day for the next 20 years than a swanky new stadium in east London just so Levy can save a few bob in the short-term. Real fans will feel the same.
Can't believe mikezapper is painting David Lammy as the bad guy. And Arsenal did not receive public funding for the Emirates. Get your facts right. If Spurs do move to Stratford, you may well get your wish for a publicly-funded stadium and what will Spurs fans get? Over-priced tickets in a stadium miles from home. As a lifelong Spurs fan, I'm devastated the club would consider moving to east London. Since I was a nipper I've been going to White Hart Lane. I've spent thousands on strips and tickets for me and my sons and the club won't even consider the opinions of fans who've made it what it is. Spurs are the only real north London club. We can't move east. It changes everything. Haringey Council has approved their application. They should build in Tottenham. That's their home. I suppose it's too much to ask that businessmen like Daniel Levy put people before profits. I would rather walk into a crumbling White Hart Lane every day for the next 20 years than a swanky new stadium in east London just so Levy can save a few bob in the short-term. Real fans will feel the same. AlexanderBuckley

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