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Good evening from BBC London News.
"A catalogue of disasters" -
the damning verdict of a report
into the refurbishment
of the Olympic Stadium,
now the home of West Ham.
The initial build for the Games cost
around £400 million.
Then there was the additional 323
million to convert it into a stadium
suitable for football.
Now, it's been revealed
that the taxpayer could continue
to lose up to £20 million a year.
Our political editor,
Tim Donovan, reports.
It was the centrepiece
of a successful sporting event,
with high drama on the track and,
at the time, few problems off it.
Today, five years on,
it is being used by a Premier
League football club.
A sporting legacy ensured.
But the lucky tenants, West Ham,
don't own the stadium.
It was kept in public hands,
with costs and liabilities
borne by the taxpayer.
The big headache was making
athletics and football fit in one
place, having seating you could put
in and take out.
It was Boris Johnson
who sealed the West Ham deal,
but what was first estimated
to cost £190 million has
actually cost 320 million,
and the current Mayor
blames his predecessor.
It beggars belief, it's
staggering, the numbers
of bungled decisions made
by the previous Mayor.
A failure to properly understand
the cost of transforming a stadium
from an athletics stadium
to a football stadium.
Why should the London taxpayer be
subsidising a Premier League club?
Why should taxpayers around
the country be subsidising -
on an annual basis of up
to £20 million -
a multipurpose venue?
That 20 million is the loss the
stadium is heading for this year.
Rather than a small
annual profit promised.
The accountants also say that
West Ham should have been asked
to pay more than the £2.5 million
a year in rent.
Their report says the former Mayor
made things worse by insisting
on Rugby World Cup games
being staged here in 2015,
of the stadium for football.
Boris Johnson wouldn't say
anything directly today,
but a close ally said...
Sentiments echoed by one of those
who ran Boris Johnson's Olympic
Legacy Organisation for a while.
Of course the costs have been
higher, but has anybody
behaved badly about this?
What they've tried to do,
and what Boris tried to do,
was rescue a bad situation.
And actually, when you look at it,
the turnout, the outturn of it all,
is a very successful stadium that
attracts lots of people
and is very well used.
With the Mayor taking
over full control now,
Newham Council will not be getting
back £40 million they invested.
Of course it's regrettable that
we've lost some of that money
and we aren't getting it back.
But actually, we always planned
that this was going to be
a regeneration project and we've got
a fantastic stadium
and a fantastic park.
There is a visible legacy
taking shape, but some
decisions are now looking
dubious, with hindsight.
A situation, some argue,
where no deal for a bit longer might
have been better than a bad deal.
Tim Donovan, BBC London News.
A retired window cleaner who failed
to repay nearly £300,000
he inherited from an elderly
customer has been sentenced
to 12 months in prison.
Albert Pearce, who's 83,
from Finchley, befriended
the woman in her final years.
A court ordered him
to repay all he'd received,
but he failed to do so.
London's parks are increasingly
hiring themselves out for private
events like music festivals
and food markets.
And whilst that brings
in much-needed revenue for councils,
it can be frustrating for people
who want to use their local park.
We asked boroughs how
often this is happening.
Tolu Adayoye has the details.
Well, what happens here
is the massive stage is constructed.
You can still see the damage caused.
Some of the damage the Friends
of Finsbury Park have blamed
on the staging of the Wireless music
festival on the grounds.
This is supposed to be a park path,
but actually, what it's
for is for the big trucks to bring
the stage here.
They've lost their second legal
fight seeking to ban it,
in what's been seen as a test case.
These were the scenes two years
ago which sparked some
of the objections to the festival.
The group say they will
keep fighting to save
the park from damage
and preserve it for local people.
There's a massive
commercialisation of public parks.
That means park-users, residents,
people who normally use
the park are pushed out.
It's the disruption, the noise,
the actual damage to the park,
a whole range of issues that really,
people say - enough is enough.
And the number of private events
in London parks is on the rise.
It was recently announced that
a brand-new festival will take place
here in Victoria Park over two
weekends next year.
And in the years '16-'17,
London parks were hired out
for nearly 6,000 days for private
events, generating more
than £1.6 million for our councils.
That's a rise of 200%
over five years.
The council that made
the most was Haringey,
the home of Wireless Festival.
Is this all about making
money for the council?
The festivals generate revenue,
which is great for us,
we get to plough money back
into the park.
But it's also one
of the biggest urban
But it's also one of the biggest
urban festivals in London and it's
great that we have a festival
in the heart of our borough.
It's fine, as long as the profits
can be invested into
the children's playground.
If it's away from
residential areas, fine.
But not presidential areas.
But not presidential areas.
I can understand they bring
in a lot of money but it's
a lot of disruption,
noise and mess and it
gets overrun sometimes.
If the money is invested
in the park, a couple
of weekends is not too bad.
Wireless has applied
to stage the festival again
in Finsbury Park next year.
As the number of events in parks
rises, the debate over how many
is too many looks set to continue.
Time for me to say goodnight.
And I'll hand you over
to Sarah Keith-Lucas
It is looking a little less cold
than it has been recently. Wintry
sunshine today, this is how we ended
the day as the sun set in Colston.
Red chilli, things turn a bit amount
and there will be some sunshine on
offer. Chilly out there. Clear
spells overnight and most places
should stay dry and it could be
isolated light rain showers.
Temperatures just above freezing in
urban areas. In the countryside,
below freezing. Frost, even the
light patch of ice, as possible.
Slightly cloudier on Saturday, and
temperatures between 5-7d. Through
the second half the weekend, a
cloudy and stamps start, that cloud
clears away towards the south
leaving sunny spells by the
afternoon and temperatures back into
double figures, something we have
not seen in a while. I will leave
you with an outbreak of the weather
in the capital and I will pursue to