Try as anyone might, it’s impossible to keep ‘the stadium’ out of the news at the moment. Last week there were many dissenting voices over Spurs’ plans for Stratford most notably Tottenham’s MP David Lammy and UK athletics chief Ed Warner who was distinctly unimpressed by the club’s proposals to abandon the running track and remove all trace of athletics from the stadium.
Talks have been going on and on and on this week with the usual lack of any real development. The latest to add his voice to the disquiet is former London Mayor Ken Livingstone who is concerned about the carbon footprint cost of effectively demolishing one stadium and building another.
‘Red’ Ken states: “I would be horrified at the thought, if Tottenham get it, that you demolish a stadium we’ve just spent £400million building – and then build a new one, because the carbon cost of a stadium is horrendous.”
After rejecting West Ham’s bid in 2006, Livingstone seems to have warmed to the idea adding: “If they decide to go for West Ham, then you have football and athletics there, that’s fine.”
Many prominent names are joining the Hammers’ camp but whether this will mean anything at the end of the day is questionable.
One actual development concerns Crystal Palace and the suggestion that they may plan to move to the national athletics stadium, a venue that Spurs propose to redevelop as part of their plans. A football club in there may hamper those already unpopular plans and Palace co-chairman Steve Parish will be making a statement on the club’s intentions tomorrow.
One thing is for sure that if this continues until 2012 it will become even more tedious to read and to write about. We can only hope to see some action and decisions soon.