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Leyton Orient Olympic Stadium Bid Fails

Fri 20th Sep 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Leyton Orient have failed in their bid for a judicial review over the decision to award West Ham United sole tenancy of the Olympic Stadium.

In a High Court hearing in London yesterday (19th Sept), Mr Justice Lewis refused to allow the judicial review having heard the arguments from both clubs.

A statement released by Orient following the decision read: “We feel a real sense of injustice at today's decision. 

“Karren Brady told the House of Lords only a few weeks ago that West Ham United had no objection to a ground share with Leyton Orient, but West Ham United's barrister today claimed that to ground share would adversely affect the club because the Olympic Stadium is "part of the brand". 

“Our real concern is the lack of transparency that has been shown throughout the process by a public body. It is deeply disappointing that both the Court and the LLDC have made decisions based only on financial considerations, when the purpose of the Stadium's legacy was regeneration of the area with a community focus.

“We believe that the LLDC exercised its discretion to favour West Ham United, no doubt under pressure from West Ham United to make them sole football tenants for the benefit of their "brand". 

“Delivering a new brand to West Ham United was not the intended purpose of the Olympic Stadium, and we now have to look to the House of Lords to find a common sense solution for Olympic legacy and local community.

“As the judge noted, Leyton Orient are flying high in League One. We will enjoy our current on-pitch success whilst we contemplate how to proceed in the best interests of the Club.”

Orient Chairman, Barry Hearn believes the LLDC’s decision to award sole tenancy of the Olympic Stadium was unfair, a claim dismissed by West Ham who said in a statement: “West Ham United welcome the decision to not grant permission for a judicial review into the LLDC's process that awarded the Club the opportunity to make the Olympic Stadium its home in 2016.

“Although the application for a judicial review would not have had any impact on West Ham United's move to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Club have always believed the process was robust, fair and transparent.

“The Club and other key stakeholders in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can now focus fully on progressing their groundbreaking plans to create a stunning venue of which the whole country can be proud, alongside a long-lasting and tangible Olympic legacy with a real community club at its core.

“West Ham United will continue its consultation with supporters to ensure the Hammers' new home is the pride of east London and the envy of the rest of the footballing world.”

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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