MP backs bid for stadium

John Healey is backing West Ham's Olympic Stadium bid.
John Healey is backing West Ham's Olympic Stadium bid.

WENTWORTH and Dearne MP John Healey has signed a pledge supporting a partner of Barnsley Council which is bidding to take over the Olympic Stadium.

Barnsley Council has established a unique partnership with Newham Council, the principal host borough for the London 2012 Olympics.

The Newham Barnsley Partnership is supporting Newham Council’s bid for the 2012 stadium, which would be used by West Ham United and Essex County Cricket Club.

The opposing bid has come from Tottenham Football Club, who want to demolish it and build there own stadium on the land.

John said: “This unique partnership between Barnsley and Newham shows the legacy from the Games can be felt in South Yorkshire and across the country, and local people can get involved and feel they are part of the excitement and passion of the Olympics.”

Newham’s proposal will see the warm up track next to the main stadium turned into a community athletics venue, keeps the majority of the stadium and the athletics track in place.

Before and after the 2012 Olympics schools, clubs and teams from Barnsley will be invited to take part in events at the stadium.

Students and teachers from Barnsley have already travelled to the Newham borough, whereas Olympic and Paralympic athletes have visited Barnsley schools as part of the build up to the Games.

John and other Barnsley MPs have sent a letter to Olympics tsar Baroness Ford stating their support for Newham’s bid.