My Pal sent an email to west ham (in response to the 10 point plan) arguing against the Olympic Stadium with a running track.
Got a quick reply from Ian Tompkins Corporate Affairs Director who gave him his phone no and asked him to call.
The fella was happy to talk about the plans and the gist of what he said was....
"At the moment it is merely an expression of interest and they would be
failing in their duty if they did not put in some application as when
will the chance ever come again?
The track is non negotiable. It is not a case of getting our foot in the
door and then getting rid of the track.
We own the land at the Boleyn and with Newham council on board the area
becomes much much attractive as an area of regeneration as the council
own large tracts of land around the stadium.
The area behind the goals will have the poorest view and accordingly
these will be the cheapest seats. The upper tier would not be used and would have screens.
There would have to be new roof to cover all seats
All seats would be replaced as current ones unsuitable.
They will look at all possible engineering solutions to not have the
running track there during match days but cannot dig down. This is not
due only to the water table which they believe they could overcome but
the cost of removing the soil which is contaminated.
Obviously they would want corporate facilities and they will draw up
designs for this.
Pointed out that this is purely an expression of interest and it may
well be that we still say no when it comes down to the cost and who
picks up the tab.
We are looking for a long lease rather than outright ownership.
The club will create a virtual view on the website should they get the
go ahead of status as preferred bidder.
They should know if they are preferred bidder between June and March.
They will be looking to engage fans through getting them to visit the
stadium and will definitely gauge opinion."
Fair play to the fella for coming back so quick and providing his number (office & mobile) to call. Hope this is a sign of things to come and that we will be listened to....whether anything comes of it is another question