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London Aquatics Centre to open to public in March

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

London 2012 Aquatics Centre where Tom Daley won his Olympic medal opens to the public on March 1st. Swimmers and divers who want to try out the three pools are warned to book on-line to avoid queues.

Aquatics Centre during building work to transform the site Credit: Press Association

Ticket prices are expected to be under £5 for adults thanks to a "cross-subsidy" funding package involving the Copper Box. The Aquatics Centre will host the 2014 Fina Diving World Series.

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Who will foot the bill for the stadium transformation?

Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff said it still wasn't clear where the cash was coming from and who's paying for the transformation of the stadium.

The stadium's triangular floodlights have already been removed Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Andrew Boff added: "We still don't really know, but chances are we're all contributing. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for Premiership football clubs.

"The £154 million has to come from an already stretched LLDC budget and the knock-on effect is that the rest of the transformation of the park - the really important stuff such as housing - will suffer as a result.

"Only by ditching the requirement for the athletics track, are we likely to see more bids from the private sector, for a proper football stadium rather than the hybrid fudge we currently have."

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West Ham can't block Orient to strike Olympic stadium bid

West Ham will not be able to block Leyton Orient agreeing a separate deal to rent the Olympic Stadium, the League One club's chairman has disclosed.

Barry Hearn said the news had emerged from a meeting he had had with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

General view of the Olympic Stadium, London. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

West Ham won the bid to be the anchor tenants but Hearn said the LLDC had confirmed the Premier League club could not block other companies or clubs agreeing deals to use the Olympic Stadium when it was not being used by the Hammers.

Hearn told Press Association Sport: ""I was not sure if West Ham were guaranteed to be the only football club using the stadium and the breakthrough news for me was that the answer is no, they are just a tenant".

Second pair of lights removed from Olympic stadium

by Simon Harris: ITV London Correspondent

Engineers have removed a second pair of lights from London's Olympic stadium. The 14 iconic triangle-shaped towers gave the stadium its distinctive appearance during the 2012 games. The remaining 10 lights will be taken down before the end of the year.

Construction work at London's Olympic Stadium Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris
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