Filed: Tuesday, 8th February 2011
By: Staff Writer
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hit back after Karren Brady called Tottenham's plans for the Olympic Stadium a 'corporate crime'.
Levy, replying to Brady's comments tonight called her comments 'hugely inaccurate and highly irresponsible' on the night Spurs revealed the first artistic impression of their proposed new stadium on the Olympic site.
And he also revealed that his club's plans for the Olympic Stadium would involve retaining around 60 per cent of the existing structure, thereby refuting claims that the £500million stadium would be completely torn down after the 2012 Olympic Games.
I want to be very clear on this issue," said Levy. "Our proposal will retain around £420million-worth of the Olympic Stadium, and we will re-use or recycle the £80 million that will be dismantled with zero landfill.
"It is also important to remember that two thirds of the Olympic Stadium, under the original legacy plan, was to be dismantled - it was not designed to be a permanent structure. Recent scaremongering conveniently forgets this fact."
The two artists' impressions: West Ham top, Tottenham below
Brady, speaking to the BBC yesterday morning had once again panned Tottenham's plans to knock down the existing stadium for the sole purpose of a cash-rich Premier League football club.
"It's a corporate crime to spend £500million on a stadium and just four weeks after the Games bring the bulldozers in," she said. "The stadium was built on a promise, made in the Queen's name, to have a legacy for athletics."
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