Newham welcomes Government action on Olympic Stadium

Newham Council today said they welcomed the decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to introduce a fresh tender for the Olympic Stadium.

Kim Bromley-Derry, its chief executive, was speaking after the Government announced it was taking action to prevent the current bid from becoming bogged down in legal disputes.

He said: “The Olympic legacy has been put at risk by the uncertainty caused by the anonymous complaint to the European Commission and the ongoing legal challenges (by football clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient).

“As a result of this uncertainty Newham Council informed the OPLC that we could not maintain a commitment to achieving conversion of the stadium by the Summer of 2014.

“We have never said that we did not want to proceed. We welcome the decision to introduce a new process to secure the Olympic legacy and deliver a football, athletics and community stadium by 2014. That legacy promise is still achievable but it will require quick and decisive action.

“Our bid with West Ham was the only one that would have secured the sporting and community legacy promise of the Olympic Stadium - an amazing year-round home for football, athletics and community events of which the nation could be proud. The true legacy of London 2012 will be the creation of jobs and a generation of young people inspired by sport based around a community home for all by 2014.”