We have heard nothing recently about Chinese developer ZhongRong’s proposed development for some months but two articles in recent issues of Private Eye suggest that the scheme is not yet dead and that negotiations around exclusivity agreements are still ongoing.

At the same time the GLA has hired sports advisory firm CSM (run by Lord Coe) to prepare alternative redevelopment schemes for the existing sports centre and stadium. All the options show the sports centre being retained and refurbished (yet again) but the stadium is to be demolished and the site used for a school. Understandably athletes and local residents are less than impressed and there have been a raft of objections.