Another victory for the fansAs one of the Trusts pushing for full publication of the details of West Ham's deal with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC) to use the Olympic Stadium largely at the taxpayer's expense we are delighted to confirm that our coalition has today won a landmark victory . The following press release explains more:
"The coalition of 14 supporters’ trusts & groups demanding the publication of the full financial terms of the contract between West Ham United and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LDDC) today expressed “satisfaction” at the rejection of the appeal by the LLDC to the information tribunal.
The failure of the LLDC to convince the judge means that the original decision by the Information Commissioner (ICO) ordering the publication of the terms must be enforced, and that the information sought by the coalition, MPs, the entire Greater London Assembly and thousands of members of the public will now have to be published.
There is however a right of appeal should the LLDC decide that it wishes to appeal against the decision.
A coalition spokesman said ““We’re naturally delighted with the outcome, as we see this as an issue of fairness to the taxpayer, to clubs near and far, and to football as a whole. We now respectfully request that the LLDC do what is right, waive the right to an appeal, and publish the deal in full so that it can be properly assessed and its implications understood.”
“Naturally, due process has to be completed, and though the LLDC’s appeal has been dismissed, it will be their decision as to whether they want to continue to pursue a case that has fallen at every hurdle – with the further financial cost to the taxpayer that will bring.”
“We believe that the tribunal stood up for what is right, namely the right of members of the public to know how their assets are being used, and money is being spent.”
“The very reason we launched this campaign was because there was considerable doubt about the use of a major public asset, and the money being spent. Don’t forget that these are terms granted to a privately owned business: a Premier League football club who will next year be in receipt of more than £100m per-season just for turning up.”
There is no right of appeal against the decision by either party except on specific legal grounds."