London Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s investigation and report into the former Olympic Stadium is facing further delays.
The draft report was due to due to presented to GLA members this month but will not be delivered until later this year.
A spokesperson for the Mayor of London Speaking exclusively to Claret and Hugh today said: “Moore Stephens was appointed in March to lead a thorough and detailed inquiry into the spiralling transformation costs of the London Stadium. The review is investigating decisions made about the construction of the stadium, what contractual commitments were made for the stadium’s conversion, as well as providing an assessment of ongoing and future operating costs. It is expected to be completed later in the year.”
Sadiq Khan announced his inquiry in November last year but many companies reportedly ruled themselves out through a perceived conflict of interest as they were involved in the former Olympic Stadium project at some point in the last seven years. A decision was approved by the Mayor to appoint Moore Stephens and pay them £140,000 to produce a draft report by June.
A source close to the club said: “The report does not really involve West Ham United directly. The review surrounds the decision E20 Stadium/London Mayor about the stadium and the reconfiguration, not the contract with the club.”
Conversion into what , exactly ?
It still hasn’t been converted into a football stadium an never will while there is a running track keeping the fans so far away from the action . Too many huge gaps all around he place that need filling with seats . Plus it is also booked as a Rock concert venue , three of them this summer . And other sports are in for a share of Stadium time . The cost of removing and reinstalling the seating before and after athletics meetings is another concern . Why not just move the Athletics to Birmingham , as previously proposed and remove the running track to prepare the Stadium for Team Sports Games . The Pitch would have to be sunk down of course to allow for the extra seating to be kept at a decent angle for viewing .
Anyway , things won’t improve without some serious investment and negotiation .