Mayor urges Tottenham to abandon stadium appeal

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants Spurs to commit their long-term future to north London

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An artist's impression of Spurs's proposed new home at Northumberland Park Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC

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Boris Johnson has urged Tottenham Hotspur to abandon their legal challenge over the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and commit their long-term future to north London.

Tottenham controversially lost out to West Ham in their bid to takeover next year’s showpiece venue and their threat to force a judicial review of the Olympic Park Legacy Company’s decision is a major stumbling block for UK Athletics bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

The Mayor, together with the leader of Haringey Council Claire Kober, has urged the club to press ahead urgently with their proposal to build a new stadium at Northumberland Park, next to White Hart Lane.

Representatives from the Greater London Authority and Haringey Council met on Wednesday with senior Spurs executives, including chairman Daniel Levy, to lay a comprehensive £17m joint offer on the table that would see a raft of public realm and transport improvements made as part of a long-term regeneration package in the area.

“Tottenham Hotspur has long been an integral part of the community and by staying true to its roots the club now has the power to revolutionise an area of the capital that has been neglected for far too long,” said Johnson.

“Last month’s riots were a telling reminder of just how important it is for Spurs to press ahead with the development at Northumberland Park and to help kick-start a much wider regeneration project that would create jobs and give Tottenham the economic boost it deserves.

“The club knows there is no more money available from the public purse and I sincerely hope that they accept the offer we have made. It is not just in the best interests of Tottenham Hotspur and the fans of this great London club, but of the wider north London community.”

© Sportsbeat 2011

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