Just when we all thought the Northumberland Development Project (NDP) had pretty much scrapped and we were going all-in on the Olympic Stadium, despite everyone telling us we couldn't have it. Instead of taking our ball and going home, Tottenham Hotspur, in true middle school fashion, decided to stand on the sidelines and call the people that didn't pick us names. As an aside, the Club would like to apologize to Karen Brady. We didn't mean most of those things we said about you. I'm sure your relationship with David Gold is strictly platonic and that dress you're wearing really is quite flattering.
Sure, we found out today that West Ham United ARE dirty rotten cheaters. Which means we take back that apology Karen, cover up for Christ's sake! Anyways, yes, West Ham were cheating, just like we believed all along, but that doesn't really seem to matter now, because according to West Ham "the integrity of the bidding process has not been compromised", which is exactly what I'd say if the integrity had been compromised. However, I won't raise too much of a fuss about this. I didn't want that stadium anyway. Especially if we had to leave the running track in it. Besides, why would we want to deprive West Ham of having the nicest stadium in the Championship. They need something to hold onto, don't they?
Today, the club submitted a bid the the Regional Growth Fund (RGF). What is the RGF you ask? Well according to the news report on the Tottenham Hotspur website:
The RGF awards funding for projects that will directly create jobs through private sector enterprise and growth that will enable or unlock future private sector jobs growth, particularly in those areas and communities that are currently dependent on the public sector.
RGF funding would be used to deliver many of the major infrastructure improvements, which had previously been the major obstacles to the feasibility of this project. These would include station upgrades, public community space, employment and training facilities, restored listed properties, Combined Cooling Heating Plant, site enabling and public realm works. The transportation and station upgrades alone would go a long way to increasing the viability of the NDP.
Spurs Chairmen Daniel Levy said, "We are working hard to make the NDP scheme viable and enable us to stay in Tottenham and redevelop our existing site. Public sector assistance for infrastructure and public realm works would enable us to deliver the project and the RGF represents the single most important route for funding." This represents an about face from the clubs position that this project was a no go only a few months ago.
Most Tottenham fans have preferred the Northumberland Development Project from the beginning and now it seems as though the club is back on the same page. Hopefully by the end of the calendar year we'll be ready to break ground on the brand new "Naming Rights Stadium". Come On You Spurs!