London Assembly calls for OS secrecy to end

os3The London Assembly has called for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) to publish its rental agreement for the Olympic Stadium with West Ham in full.
London Assembly Members agreed a unanimous motion noting the considerable public interest in the details of the agreement between the LLDC and West Ham United FC.
Jenny Jones AM, who proposed the motion said:
“Londoners want the whole truth about the stadium deal and an end to the secrecy.
It’s time the London Legacy Development Corporation let the public see the full details of this multi-million pound deal.”
Caroline Pidgeon AM, who seconded the motion said:
“It beggars belief that both West Ham and the London Legacy Development Corporation are seeking to wriggle out of upholding a clear decision made by the Information Commissioner.
West Ham United Football Club knew full well that it would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act when it entered into an agreement with LLDC. And no Mayoral body should be hiding a deal over the use of a largely taxpayer-funded stadium. The full publication of this information will allow the public to find out if value for money has been reached for taxpayers.”
The full text of the Motion is:
“This Assembly notes the considerable public interest in the Concession Agreement between the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and West Ham United FC for their rental of the Olympic Stadium. This Assembly believes the LLDC was wrong to redact the released document, and was wrong to appeal the Information Commissioner’s ruling that the document should be published in full.
This Assembly therefore calls on the LLDC to drop its appeal against the Information Commissioner’s ruling and to publish the Concession Agreement in full.”

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “London Assembly calls for OS secrecy to end

  1. How many times has the OS been used since 2012..?? Quite a few times this year including World Cup Rugby, Athletics & More recently Motor Sport. So how can anyone say that West Ham been given a £700m+ state of the art stadium free of charge?? Doesn’t the events this summer show that the stadium is a multi-use venue?
    There are a number of stadiums around the country that are not/weren’t owned by the clubs that use them to play ‘home’ fixtures.. Man City & Coventry as examples. Why has everyone & their dog been jumping up & down screaming ‘State Aid, not fair…’ etc for West Ham???
    if we had paid for the redevelopment of the stadium would we then be able to take a % of any rental agreement with any other use??

  2. i take it then that if the LLDC lose revenue as a result of full disclosure those organisation calling for it will feel obliged to cover the shortfall.

  3. Yes, they have already moaned how this is merely a tactic to delay matters and increse the bill for the taxpayer further. They are also looking into the LLDC costs for legal folk in administering the negotiations with West Ham and the like.
    They want to know every single figure (because the OS was built and converted with public money), presumably to claim afterwards it is all too beneficial for West Ham and we should pay more of everything: More rent, give up all income from naming rights, all income from catering, presumably give up a much bigger share from ticket income and also obviously share of corporate seating.
    The ideal would be West Ham playing in the OS with having no significant financial upside at all.
    They’d rather see the OS rot (incurring further costs for the taxpayer) than seeing a rival club benefitting.

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