Leyton Orient Stadium

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2011
Reference: 
2011/3545
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You wrote to me on 26th Oct regarding Leyton Orient fans petition which asks you to reconsider you support of the West Ham bid for the Olympic stadium. In that letter you state 'I am not in a position to make any response to issues relating to the Olympic Stadium and the process for finding tenants for it.'

The fans of Leyton Orient find this disingenuous to say the least, as you have been quite vocal on the subject to date, recently stating in the press "We will effectively rent [the Olympic Stadium] to a football club, almost certainly West Ham."

How can the fans and supporters of Leyton Orient football club be assured that their club will receive fair treatment in the bidding process for the Stadium when their Mayor makes such highly partisan statements?

Answer

Answer for Leyton Orient Stadium

Answer for Leyton Orient Stadium

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The remarks you quote come from a broadcast interview that I gave on the 11 October. I made those remarks because, on the information available to me at the time, I considered it unlikely that any club other than West Ham United would be interested in bidding for a short lease of the Olympic Stadium on terms that are likely to include retention of the athletics track. I will, however, be very happy if, contrary to that expectation, other clubs (including Leyton Orient) do bid. The process will be run in a fair, open and transparent manner by OPLC. The decision as to which bidder to recommend will be made in the first instance by the OPLC. I will then consider that recommendation on its merits.