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Stadium of blight


The continuing fiasco over the rebuilding of Wembley Stadium prompts me to write to you. I believe the present proposals are over ambitious and totally inappropriate for the location.

It may well be that the existing facilities and safety measures are now inadequate when viewed by modern standards, so something has to be done. But I believe the grand schemes drawn up so far are unrealistic.

It has been claimed it is too late to change the plans because planning permission has been granted on the present scheme. This is a nonsense. It would not be the first time that plans have been changed and it would not be the last time.

Pushing ahead with that excuse in the face of financial uncertainty would be pig headed in the extreme.

Since the provision of a running track has already been ruled out, the appropriate solution for Wembley would be to refurbish the terraces and other facilities to modern standards.

Altering the basic fabric and external appearance seems unnecessary and uneconomic.

If the capacity of the venue is not significantly increased then Wembley would not have to finance improvements to local transport links - not an insignificant matter. And the twin towers could remain!

John Rastall www. interfleettechnology. com

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