Belfast Telegraph

West Ham bid receives approval

The Government and London mayor Boris Johnson have given their approval to West Ham taking over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company had recommended the joint bid by West Ham and Newham Council over Tottenham's and this has now been rubber-stamped.

Local government minister Bob Neill confirmed that he and sports/Olympics minister Hugh Robertson had both approved the recommendation.

Neill said: "This completes the first stage of this process and means that the Olympic Park Legacy Company are now able to enter into negotiations with the consortium comprising West Ham and the London Borough of Newham to agree a lease for the Olympic Stadium site on terms that are acceptable to Government and the Mayor of London and provide value for money to the public sector.

"We are delighted with the progress that has been made and very pleased we have reached this very significant milestone in determining the long-term legacy for the Olympic Park following the Games."

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady was heavily involved in the club's bid and she was delighted to hear that the Hammers are now one step closer to being handed the keys to the stadium for the 2013-14 season.

She said: "I am pleased and proud the Mayor of London and Government have endorsed the Olympic Park Legacy Company's recommendation that West Ham United and Newham Council be preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.

"I am grateful for their support and the clear recognition of the strengths of a financially strong, community-based bid that will do much for the regeneration of east London.

"I must also personally thank Baroness Ford and Andy Altman of the OPLC for the thorough and professional way they have handled this entire process.

"I look forward to working with them in the future and making their vision a reality."


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