My own point of view on the SAB meeting is that many of those walking in that spoke to the WHUs view committee members handing out letters to these attending the meeting were against the move, after seeing the clubs presentation and listening to what KB said it seemed to me that during that vote I only saw 2 people not vote in favour of the move, 1 was me and the other was sitting next to me.
The reason for the big vote in favour was for me, down to the flawed presentation. Flawed in that it was out of date information, what it MIGHT have looked like IF West Ham had moved there, I likened it to buying a time share off plan only to find that when it's built, it ain't what they sold you.
Having then sat down at a table with KB and heard more I am perhaps even more anti move than before.
The move to Stratford will change the whole Football experience, in a way sanitise it, most will prob never walk down Green St again or the Barking rd. No bad thing some may think but it's the same walk our fathers, grand fathers and possibly even more have made.
West ham is the life blood of that part of Newham.
What will West Ham become in a new stadium,
top 4 club, not in our lifetime,
regular in the top 6,Very debatable, only finished in the top 3 once, 5th once, 6th I think on 1/2 a dozen times in nearly 110 years of history.
Is that what we want from our football experience, the ability to go shopping after or pick the misses up from there, stuck in the middle of a pre fabricated park far away from the real east London.
Look at the stadium itself, footballs a winter sport what type of cover does the outside of the stadium offer, either in the long walk from Stratford station through the outside of Westfield then across the road past the swimming pool onto the stadium. Off the train to the stadium at least a 15 minute walk depending on the crowd.
Around the stadium, the wrap will be removed after the Olympics, so a new one will be needed, yet that is only tarpaulin, if like the current wrap it will only be panels, not 1 compleat unit.
There will be no car parking what so ever for fans, about only 350 which will be for club officials and disabled and prob corporate.
Cliche time, square peg into a round hole, that what we're trying to do in fit a football ground into the Olympic stadium
Even if they fit tempary seating,which to be fair they do say is a minimum requirement, that will only be lower tier, the upper tier will still be the same distance from the pitch as it is now, just look at Sutts picture of the Boleyn inside the Olympic stadium, that gives a better idea of the size of the Stadium.
The club say that the police, newham council and health and safety all say no to a new east stand, but they don't say on what grounds they say no. Why have the police not objected to the emirates then, or spuds proposed stadium. Newham council, why would they object, perhaps because the Mayor is keen to shunt us out of Green st for his regeneration plans, why, perhaps because when he tried to demolish Queens market and replace it with a super market the locals managed to block him, stop him and then get it scrapped by the Mayor of London, but with West Ham gone he gets his way. What grounds there are for H&S blocking I can't see, again they havnt blocked the emirates or the new theatre of spuds.
Obviously there are pro's and cons to everything, but what type of West Ham do you expect in the future, the Raw real football type or the pre fabricated type, clean and tidy but lacking its soul.
Whatever you think tell the club, or here, or a SAB member. Make your voice heard because people are listening.