High Court to decide on Leyton Orient’s judicial review bid (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Orient's Olympic Stadium challenge decision due
The High Court will decide today whether to grant Leyton Orient a second judicial review of the decision to award the Olympic stadium to West Ham United.
The O's claim London Legacy Development Committee (LLDC) and Mayor of London’s office did not fully consider its ground-sharing bid.
Barry Hearn, Orient Chairman, said: “I think we have a good chance.”
Mr Hearn believes West Ham’s move from Upton Park could put the O’s out of business if cheap tickets are offered to local people in an attempt to fill the showpiece area in Stratford.
But some Orient fans do not support the potential move to the Olympic stadium.
Mr Hearn said: “I think fans are spit down the middle. Some would like to live the dream and some want to sit in the same seat their father sat in and I understand that.
“I have to do what’s right for the club and its future.”
A spokeswoman for the LLDC previously said they were “disappointed” by Orient’s decision to pursue a second judicial review.
"We believe that our processes have been robust, fair and transparent and that the challenge is misconceived," she added.
The Mayor’s office, LLDC and West Ham United FC have been contacted for a comment.
A decision is expected later today.
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