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Old December 5th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #4941
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It's a shame, in a way Upton Park does have a community feel with working mens' clubs close to the ground that sell cheap beer and pies on match days-my cousins go there. They'll all disappear, I guess.
You mean East Ham Working Men's Club? There's still enough locals to keep that going, and they do things like white collar boxing to bring ijn the crowds as well.

The pubs are another matter. The Duke, Boleyn Queens, Central, Denmark Arms etc all look pretty doomed.

The upside is that loads of derelict or residentially converted pubs around Stratford will miraculously become actual pubs again.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #4942
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There is only the one pub next to Westfield, otherwise it's the ones down on Stratford Highway, The Goose and the one run by the old football player, The Edward The Fifth? There's a Wetherspoons round the corner but it's pretty grim. More pubs would be great but they're mostly converted into flats by now.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #4943
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Here's three straight off of the bat for any would-be developer

http://deadpubs.co.uk/LondonPubs/Bow/LordNapier.shtml


http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/london/e...readeagle.html


http://pubshistory.com/LondonPubs/Bo...ayTavern.shtml
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Old December 12th, 2012, 02:26 PM   #4944
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Green light for retractable seating


Filed: Wednesday, 12th December 2012
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The Olympic Stadium will feature four stands of retractable seating around the pitch - should West Ham United agree to move to Stratford.

Fans attending an emergency Supporters' Advisory Board meeting at the Boleyn Ground this evening were shown the first ever artists' impression of how the new stadium will look.

And KUMB.com can reveal that this will include fully retractable seating that brings all four stands in the lower tier - which will replace the existing banks of seats - to within a few metres of the playing area.

The new images, which are set to be released to the public in the new year indicated how the new roof, that will cover the entire seating area, will look. Those present at the three-hour meeting were also shown detailed plans of how the rest of the stadium would take shape following its £200million refit.

Unfortunately we are unable to bring you any further details of the stadium or the Club's plans as all members of the SAB were asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) upon entering the meeting room.

However a show of hands requested by co-Chairman David Gold - who gave a short yet passionate speech backing the move - indicated that the vast majority of fans present appeared to support the club's plans for the Olympic Stadium.

Karren Brady, who chaired the meeting also confirmed that a supporters' poll would take place within the next few weeks - although details of exactly what that will entail remain unconfirmed at present.

Former Hammer Tony Cottee also appeared briefly to back the Club's plans.

Read more at http://kumb.com/story.php?id=126606#t5ElzQwHTLY8ra0G.99
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Old December 30th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #4945
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LONDON TO HOST 2017 IPC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

After staging one of the best and most-talked about Paralympic Games in history this summer, London was announced as the host city of the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships today.

The Championships will be held in July 2017 at the Olympic Stadium, just a month before the same venue plays host to the IAAF World Athletics Championships. London will become the first city to host the two Championships side-by-side, recreating the summer of sport which transformed the British capital in the summer of 2012.

The Greater London Authority will organise the Championships, partnering with UK Athletics, ParalympicsGB, the London Borough of Newham, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the University of East London.

During the bid process, London Mayor Boris Johnson used the success of London 2012 to argue for the return of international Paralympic competition to the British capital, which receives 26 million overnight visitors annually.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 10:16 PM   #4946
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Wonderful news and well deserved too!!
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 12:53 AM   #4947
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20891527

Olympic stadium 'to host rock concerts by July'

London's Olympic Stadium is set to be re-opened in July with a series of rock concerts, BBC London has learned.

Concert promoters were impressed by the live music at the closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics.

Final contracts are yet to be signed but the plan is for some concerts traditionally held at Hyde Park to head east.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said it was an "exciting" opportunity.

He said: "The exciting thing for us is that we have the opportunity to put on some major events in the park - some music events and festivals and an anniversary weekend on 27 and 28 July.

"We hope to announce the content in the coming weeks."

Hyde Park has staged rock concerts for decades but complaints about noise levels have almost doubled since 2008.

Last year Westminster Council took a decision to reduce the number of concerts every year from 13 to nine.

If we can't get a deal with West Ham, we will make sure we can get a viable and thriving entity going forward”

The council also cut the number of people who could attend events from 80,000 to 65,000 and, in some cases, to 50,000.

A spokesman for The Royal Parks confirmed that a total of eight concerts would still take place at Hyde Park this year.

The Olympic Stadium is expected to become a major rival to London's other major concert venues - Wembley and the 02 Arena.

The area around the stadium in the south of the park with the Aquatic Centre and Orbit Tower will not be opened fully to the public until spring 2014 but the north of the park, with the Handball Arena, waterways and parklands, will be made available to residents permanently this summer.

The indoor Handball Arena, which has been renamed the Copper Box, will be used for recreational sport such as five-a-side football and badminton as well as staging professional sports such as boxing and some indoor concerts.

Mr Hone is currently negotiating a deal for West Ham to move into the stadium, probably for the 2016-17 season after a new system of retractable seats has been fitted.

But the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Premier League club are still a long way from reaching agreement on the financial aspects of the deal because legacy chiefs want a share of any profits if West Ham's owners sell the club after moving into the stadium.

Mr Hone said he was still working hard on reaching agreement with West Ham but the corporation is exploring ways of making the stadium pay its way without football.

"The stadium is the sort of venue people want to come to. Who knows what other sports we can get in.

"If we can't get a deal with West Ham, we will make sure we can get a viable and thriving entity going forward."

A final decision on West Ham's bid to move into the stadium is expected by the end of March.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:39 AM   #4948
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Hmmm, makes you wonder who'll end up losing out the most if the deal with West Ham doesn't happen.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 08:28 PM   #4949
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The stadium looks to be a better choice for concerts then the O2 or Wembley since it is far better connected and close to Westfield, a shopping centre which attracts a similar audience to those who attend concerts.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:45 PM   #4950
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Saying that complaints about noise have been on the rise for Hyde park concerts.. What are they filling the Olympic park with, apartments! How will the issue be any different?
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Old January 4th, 2013, 02:14 AM   #4951
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if it goes for full concert venue, maybe the Mayor could ban concerts in Hyde Park (**** Westminster) and an athletics stadium, would it be a viable economic proposition? ie no need to reconfigure the stadium.

I would personally prefer that outcome.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 02:16 AM   #4952
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Saying that complaints about noise have been on the rise for Hyde park concerts.. What are they filling the Olympic park with, apartments! How will the issue be any different?
hopefully they are not so fragile, precious and made of spiderwebs
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Old January 4th, 2013, 01:26 PM   #4953
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if it goes for full concert venue, maybe the Mayor could ban concerts in Hyde Park (**** Westminster) and an athletics stadium, would it be a viable economic proposition? ie no need to reconfigure the stadium.

I would personally prefer that outcome.
I'd agree - Let Westminster lose the concerts, I truly believe that Westminster council will be the demise of the West End, their planning laws and vision do not lead to world beating entertainment district.

Areas like Shoreditch, Brixton, Vauxhall are much more vibrant right now with new bars, shops and eateries opening up at a fast rate.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 07:44 AM   #4954
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Yeah but the concerts do mess up the NW corner of the park. They're constantly having to lay new turf. If the concerts go elsewhere, they could plant some trees there, and make it as attractive as the rest of the park.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #4955
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I'd agree - Let Westminster lose the concerts, I truly believe that Westminster council will be the demise of the West End, their planning laws and vision do not lead to world beating entertainment district.

Areas like Shoreditch, Brixton, Vauxhall are much more vibrant right now with new bars, shops and eateries opening up at a fast rate.
Westminster Council is negligent in protecting old pubs. The listed pub, Crockers in St.John's Wood was empty fro about 10 years while a rich Lebanese guy left it unused. It is now being converted to flats. They are not protecting the core of communities, like the local pubs, allowing foreign cultures to override the local culture.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 09:59 AM   #4956
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Yeah but the concerts do mess up the NW corner of the park. They're constantly having to lay new turf. If the concerts go elsewhere, they could plant some trees there, and make it as attractive as the rest of the park.
There is no need for concerts in the park. Wembley, the Olympic stadium. O2 and the Emirates can take all that. London is not short of proper venues.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 02:10 AM   #4957
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Article today in NY Times...amazes me how quickly they jump all over this..its only been 5 months

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/sp...n.html?hp&_r=0
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 12:27 PM   #4958
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I remember reading last month when West Ham fans (I think) we're shown the plans for the stadium it said they would be released to the public in January. Did I get that right? Where are they?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 04:38 PM   #4959
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The more I hear about it, the more I'm convinced that a deal isn't going to be signed between West Ham and the LLDC, especially if Adrian Warner is correct (latest Olympic Stadium article on BBC London News) that Boris is ready to turn his back on this plan.

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Old January 23rd, 2013, 05:01 PM   #4960
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I think the plans will be held back until a deal is done between West Ham and the LLDC. It will be a tough negotiation, no doubt. West Ham to date have been very unforthcoming with contributions on the build, arguing instead that the rental and share of sponsorship pays for that over the long run.
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