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Hammers agree Upton Park sale

first_imgWest Ham have agreed a deal to sell their Upton Park ground to a developer once the club have completed their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. The Galliard Group has been named as the successful bidder for the site, with West Ham saying they had chosen a developer with close links to the community and a plan to honour the history of the club as part of its development on the site. Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “We opted to reach an agreement with Galliard because they are a local London developer and employer with origins in east London. “We know they are committed to working closely with the local community and Newham Council on proposals to transform the site into a residential and retail village, which will benefit the local community and east London’s regional economy. “The deal demonstrates that we have been true to our word by securing the regeneration of two areas of east London through our move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. “In addition, and most importantly for us, we can see that Galliard are passionate about working with West Ham United to engage their supporters to help deliver a fitting legacy that will honour the tradition of the famous ground. “We are confident that West Ham United fans will be excited about their vision and the way they plan to respect more than 100 years of West Ham history at Upton Park.” The Galliard Group plans to build new homes on the site as well as retail and leisure facilities with underground parking which would be completed by 2018. The group has also been in talks with the family of former West Ham and England captain Bobby Moore about the possibility of placing a landscaped garden named in his honour at the centre of the site. There are also plans for a statue of Moore and further artwork to commemorate the history of West Ham. Moore’s daughter Roberta Moore said: “I have always believed that there should be some form of permanent West Ham United presence at the Boleyn Ground site after the team leave and I’m really pleased that the centre point of the development is planned to be named in honour of my father. “Hopefully the new sculptures and buildings being proposed will also help ensure that a lasting legacy to the Club, my father and his team-mates is left at Upton Park.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Park’s safety questioned

first_img Riders drop 255 feet Unlike many coasters, Goliath does not rely on upside-down turns to thrill riders. Instead, it starts by plunging them over a 255-foot drop, and then it takes riders through an underground tunnel and zero-gravity hills. Other riders also said Tuesday that Goliath made them feel “light-headed,” but it didn’t worry them. “I felt a little light-headed afterward, but in a good way,” said a smiling Desiree Powell, 33, of Santa Monica. “You know, like when you’re riding a horse and you get off the horse and you kind of feel like you’re still on the horse. But it’s from a good experience, not from being sick.” Magic Mountain reports injuries to the state. Going back five years, the state received reports of fewer than 80 incidents at the park. Amusement park incidents reported to the state are rarely about riders passing out. “People getting on and off rides, that’s where we always see incidents occur,” said Dean Fryar, spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. “Very seldom do we see something other than that.” In June 2001, Pearl Santos, 28, died of a brain aneurysm shortly after riding Goliath. State investigators found that Goliath was operating properly and that Santos died because she had a pre-existing condition. In the Amusement Safety Organization report, the ride Tatsu had the most incidents with 21. They included nosebleeds and a rider who complained of passing out. Extreme heat a factor Included in the group’s 109 total incidents at the park were 10 heat-related complaints. The park sits atop a hill in Valencia where summer temperatures often surpass 100 degrees. “Magic Mountain is kind of like our home park, so to speak, and we do get a lot of feedback from people around town for Magic Mountain,” said Jason Herrera, president of the organization. “And that may be one of the main reasons that numbers are up for the park.” Park spokeswoman Carpenter said the report the Amusement Safety Organization posted on its Web site is wrong. “Safety’s our No.1 priority. (The) site is focused on purely hearsay; it’s not facts. And we comply with state regulations regarding the reporting of all incidents.” Robert Niles is editor of ThemeParkInsider.com and teaches at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. ThemeParkInsider.com does not rate parks for safety because many safety problems happen only once and cannot be verified, Niles said. “It’s hard to find data, so I commend anyone who’s out there trying to find data,” Niles said. “… We’ve been receiving reader-reported incidents at Theme Park Insider for nearly six years now, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable with coming up with a list that rated parks based on what we’ve got.” Herrera, 28, said he works as a safety consultant for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Julie Young, 25, of Santa Barbara also works with the organization and said she is a nurse. Young said she visited Magic Mountain in October with Herrera and could see how a rider could black out on Goliath, especially if anxiety is a factor. Coming off Goliath on Tuesday with his daughter, Brian Amenta, 40, of Woodland Hills said the ride was worth it. But he felt the effects after the ride stopped. “Light-headedness coming off, but it’s because you’re going so fast the blood rushes out of your brain.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Eighteen thrill-seekers who rode Magic Mountain’s Goliath roller coaster last year blacked out on the white-knuckler that defies gravity, according to a report released Tuesday by a self-appointed watchdog group. In an annual report on Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain, the Montecito-based Amusement Safety Organization logged 109 safety-related incidents at the Valencia park – incidents ranging from riders who passed out to park visitors who complained they were threatened by people cutting in line. Magic Mountain was rated next to last for safety – only a theme park in Virginia ranked lower – in the study posted on the organization’s Web site. But Magic Mountain spokeswoman Sue Carpenter discounted the group’s report and said state regulations are followed. “We don’t mess around when it comes to the safety of our guests or our rides,” Carpenter said, noting that the park’s rides meet state safety regulations. Yet the Amusement Safety Organization logged 18 incidents of riders blacking out on Goliath, with its nerve-racking climb and terrifying drop. Complaints about other Magic Mountain rides the group received included ride operators talking on cell phones as they worked, a rider who temporarily lost hearing after slamming an ear into a restraint and a couple of patrons who suffered neck or back pains on a wooden coaster. The group said it receives complaints over the Internet from park visitors and that it verified the complaints by visiting Magic Mountain three times last year and going on rides users had complained about. One teenage rider interviewed Tuesday by the Daily News after getting off Goliath said he blacked out on the anxiety-inducing ascent. “I was going up, and then I looked over the side, and I got too excited or something like that, so I just put my head down,” said Joseph Hernandez, 16, responding to a question about how he liked the ride. “And then luckily my friends were sitting right behind me; they woke me up, then I was good for the rest of the ride.” last_img read more

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