OLYMPIC STADIUM DECISION GRANTED JUDICIAL REVIEW

Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient Football Clubs have been granted a judicial review into the decision over the future of the Olympic Stadium.

Both clubs were unhappy over how officials opted for West Ham United as the preferred tenant of the £486million venue in East London after the 2012 Games. Spurs are challenging the decision by West Ham's local authority to provide a £40million loan to fund the move.

The Premier League side was granted permission to mount a legal challenge by Mr Justice Collins, whose only task at this stage was to decide whether Tottenham have an "arguable" case. It means that a further hearing with full arguments from all sides will now have to be held later this year.

A spurs statement read: “A full hearing will be heard. The club continues to hold discussions and negotiations with both local and national government bodies in order to determine an optimum and feasible stadium solution.”

The future of the 80,000-seater stadium again appears to be in doubt but West Ham are confident the decision to grant them the venue will be upheld. A West Ham United statement said: "We acknowledge that the final hurdle of a Judicial Review against London of Borough of Newham and the OPLC in relation to West Ham United being the preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium has been granted on a very narrow basis.

"A full hearing will take place on 18 October and we remain confident that Newham and the OPLC will be successful in defending limited points regarding the £40m loan that would be made to the Legacy Stadium Partnership.”
West Ham is also unhappy about how the details of the £40m loan were obtained and confirmed a police investigation is underway into a private investigator acting unlawfully, reportedly under instruction by Tottenham Hotspur.

"This is in relation to reported breaches of the Data Protection Act and Computer Misuse Act as a result of the unlawful acquisition of bank and telephone records belonging to senior executives at the club and the OPLC.  We are advised that if found guilty of these crimes, those responsible can expect to receive custodial sentences. We have full faith in the police investigation into this matter and shall continue to provide the fullest of assistance to them,” the statement read.

"In response to media inquiries, we can confirm that West Ham today received a document from Tottenham asking us to give up our claims against them in relation to the above, in return for Tottenham withdrawing their judicial review proceedings. West Ham naturally refused.

“We look forward to the 18 October and a successful conclusion whereby we can deliver the multi-sport legacy that Lord Coe envisaged for east London and the rest of the nation."

Posted on 25/08/2011