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Property carve-up

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As knives are sharpened and the search for scapegoats continues over the so-called Wembley fiasco, Astragal suggests the hunt be widened to include those who sanctioned the purchase of the stadium without the horseshoe of land around it. With a road on the fourth side, the stadium is landlocked. So serious is the problem that the government has felt obliged to bring in property whiz Sir Nigel Mobbs of Slough Estates to sort things out. The land was sold to the Football Association by Wembley plc, now renamed Wembley London. The scandal, if such it is, thus has nothing to do with the Foster & Partners/HOK/Lobb design, and everything to do with a failure to deal with the environs of the stadium as part of a unified land holding and planning application. The reason this is important is that to stand any chance of success in a bid to host the Olympics, a full-size warm- up track has to be located next tothe stadium itself - currently impossible at Wembley. There is also the question of the slum condition of the three stations serving the stadium. Let's hope the government will put its hand in its pocket at some point.

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