OS Coalition: Statement following today’s adjournment

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We note no decision has been reached today in the London Legacy Development Corporation appeal against the Information Commissioner’s ICO ruling that the financial terms of the LLDC contract for the use of the Olympic Stadium by West Ham United should be published in full.

We trust the Tribunal committee will reconvene the hearing at the earliest possible opportunity, and conclude a process which has now cost the taxpayer £21,000 in appeal costs accumulated by the LLDC alone.

During the two hour open session this morning, we heard nothing to persuade us that revealing the contract in full would, indeed, impact on the stadium operators’ ability to secure competitive arrangements with other potential users, which now forms the backbone of the LLDC argument. This is a marked change from the LLDC’s original argument that disclosure would mainly negatively impact on West Ham United itself.

We also note that no representative from stadium operators Vinci, anyone from E20 (the partnership between the LLDC and London Borough of Newham), and significantly, West Ham United or any other potential or existing user was represented at today’s session. This leads us to question the fundamental assertion from the LLDC that the disclosure of financial material could be commercially damaging.

We remain determined to see full publication of the financial terms of the contract. This is about ensuring public money is used well and that it is not used to give one club a financial advantage over others.

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Appeal hearing on 25th January: Public welcome to attend

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Press release: 22/01/2016

For immediate release

Media and public invited to attend appeal hearing on 25th January

The Olympic Stadium Coalition would like to remind anyone who wishes to attend the Freedom of Information Act appeal by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) against the order by the Information Commissioner to publish the full financial terms of the contract between West Ham United FC and the LLDC, can do so.

The details of the hearing are as follows:
Date: Monday 25th January
Time: 10:00 (estimated end time of 16:00)
Venue: Field House, 15 Bream’s Buildings, London, EC4A 1DZ
Map and directions: https://www.google.com/maps?q=51.5161650342,-0.110818295883
Nearest tube: Chancery Lane

Additional details: https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/upper-tribunal-immigration-and-asylum-chamber

Members of our group will be attendance to discuss the campaign with the media and members of the public. Please email us: olympicstadiumcoalition@gmail.com

Representing as we do fourteen supporters’ organisations, thousands of members of the public, London AMs, MPs, and other civil society organisations, we will continue to make the same demands for transparency as we made when we set out on this campaign, because we believe that a fair deal for the taxpayer, is a fair deal for football.

On 6th January 2016, giving evidence to the Greater London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee, David Edmonds of the London Legacy Development Corporation confirmed that:

  • The LLDC has spent £4,000 to date on legal fees in its bid to keep the Olympic Stadium deal with West Ham confidential, after the Information Commissioner ordered it should be made public
  • It estimates these costs are expected to rise this month to £17,000, and even more if it becomes necessary to ‘appeal the Tribunal decision.’
  • The final bill for transforming the Olympic Stadium might top the previous estimate of £272 million, as the LLDC negotiates the cost of further work.

Full release here: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/rising-stadium-costs

For more about the campaign, its aims and its supporters, please go to our FAQ section, or get in touch via our email address: olympicstadiumcoalition@gmail.com

This is what we don’t yet know:
How much the stadium costs to hire
How much the stadium maintenance will cost, and who will pay for it
How much each party will earn from stadium naming rights
What happens to the stadium in the event of financial difficulties at stadium company E20
What happens if West Ham United is sold by its current owners
How much West Ham United earns from matchday catering
How many jobs are being ‘created’
How much office space is being provided to West Ham United and on what terms

You can read more on our website, where we’ve posted information about each of these issues, and why we think they matter.

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Olympic Stadium: the costs keep rising

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Press release from the London Assembly:

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been spent keeping details of the West Ham deal out of the public domain, the London Assembly uncovered today.

Giving evidence to the Budget and Performance Committee, David Edmonds of the London Legacy Development Corporation confirmed that:

The LLDC has spent £4,000 to date on legal fees in its bid to keep the Olympic Stadium deal with West Ham confidential, after the Information Commissioner ordered it should be made public.

It estimates these costs are expected to rise this month to £17,000, and even more if it becomes necessary to ‘appeal the Tribunal decision.’

The final bill for transforming the Olympic Stadium might top the previous estimate of £272 million, as the LLDC negotiates the cost of further work.

The revelation came during the London Assembly’s annual scrutiny of the Mayor’s draft Budget.

The Mayor himself will be questioned on the Budget, and the legacy he is leaving for his successor, on 12 January 2016.

Stephen Knight AM, Deputy Chair of the Budget and Performance Committee, said:

“In times when public bodies are facing unprecedented budget cuts, it is more important than ever that public money is spent meeting the needs of the public.

It is therefore astonishing that the Mayor’s London Legacy Development Corporation is spending thousands of pounds of public money on lawyers to keep the details of the deal with West Ham secret. The Information Commissioner has looked at the arguments and ordered the LLDC to publish the deal in full – and the LLDC should clearly now do so.

Having funded this stadium, Londoners have a right to know about how their money is being spent through this deal.”

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