Lammy praises Tottenham chairman's community spirit over stadium plans, takes swipe at West Ham
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities
Lammy praises Tottenham chairman's community spirit, takes swipe at West Ham
Tottenham MP David Lammy says Spurs chairman is "doing more for the local community than Alan Sugar ever did".
He also claimed that Tottenham Hotspur's London rivals West Ham will never fill the Olympic Stadium when they move there in 2016.
In an outspoken interview on The Spurs Show podcast, the Labour MP said he and Levy were “friends again” after falling out over the club's possible move away from Tottenham, and said the local authorities remained “fully behind” the new stadium development, which is currently being held up by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
He said: “I have been MP for 14 years and, to Daniel Levy’s credit, he is doing much more for the community then Alan Sugar ever did, not just in Haringey but they take their relationship with that North East corridor very seriously.”
The new Spurs stadium is part of the wider regeneration of Tottenham, which includes plans for hundreds of new homes along with retail and leisure facilities.
The club and the council are currently working to move local businesses in order for the stadium to be built, but a taxi firm is refusing to move unless it receives a significant pay out.
Lammy said: “The owner sees his business is worth £25 million and the club think it is much less than that. The secretary of state will have to decide what is fair.”
Despite his concerns that the financial climate is not as strong as when Arsenal built the Emirates, he remains positive about getting the project completed.
He said: “I remain confident. The planning is there and the local authorities remain completely behind the club. The ingredients and ambition are there and as an MP I want this to happen tomorrow.”
In 2011, Totenham’s bid to become the tenants of the Olympic stadium was rejected in favour of West Ham, much to Lammy's relief.
“I was totally against the idea of Tottenham moving out of N17," he said. "I obstructed that and we (Lammy and Levy) fell out, but we are friends again. It would not have been right for the club to move.
“He misjudged the feeling behind the athletics stadium and West Ham clearly had a different view on it, but they will never fill that stadium.
“N17 an important location, the club’s home is there and their relationship with Haringey and Enfield is very strong.”
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