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Tottenham and Orient Olympic Stadium appeal rejected

Fri 24th Jun 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient’s bid for a judicial review of the Olympic Stadium decision has been rejected.

Both clubs contested the Olympic Park Legacy Company's verdict that West Ham and Newham Council should be the future occupants of the venue.

However, Judge Mr Justice Davis has said there are no grounds for a review.

A statement on the Tottenham website added: "The club continues to hold discussions with both local and national government bodies in order to seek to determine a feasible stadium solution."

The news was welcomed by the Olympic Park Legacy Company who said: "We are pleased with the ruling and continue to make good progress in our negotiations with the preferred bidder in order to be in a position to agree the final terms for the stadium's lease."

But Tottenham said: "The club now has the option of renewing its application at an oral hearing at the high court and we shall give consideration to this in the next few days.

Newham Council, who have arranged a £40m loan to finance West Ham's move to the stadium, said: "We are continuing to focus on securing a lasting legacy for the stadium and, together with West Ham United, are progressing well with the Olympic Park Legacy Company on bringing the matter to a commercial and financial close."

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: "We welcome today's news as a further endorsement of our strong and viable legacy vision.

"We hope we can now focus all our energy and passion on delivering a fantastic multi-use Olympic Stadium for the whole nation.

"We were honoured to be unanimously chosen as preferred bidder by the OPLC. Their decision, after a robust and diligent process, was subsequently backed by the Mayor of London and government.

"Our vision - in partnership with the London Borough of Newham - remains for a globally-recognised destination for all, with community at its core, capable of hosting world-class sporting events, including top-level football and athletics."

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