In all the talk about the pros and cons of moving to the Olympic Stadium, I've heard nothing about the effect the move would have on the businesses in Green Street, the Barking Road and the surrounding area. West Ham fans may reply, "That's not our concern" but that would be a mean spirited reply given the way we have benefited from the fantastic service from some of the pubs and eateries in the area.
I have been amazed each time I have visited the Queens Fish Bar by the speed of service, the quality of the food, the size of the portions and the great value for money. Who could blame a business for raising prices on match days, but Queens play it straight down the line and allow fans to enjoy the same great deals as the Monday lunch time punters. How easy would it be to say the meal deals don't apply on match days? But no, Queens play fair by West Ham fans and hold both the prices and honour the special deals. How many of us have had our match day experiences enhanced in this way? But if the club up sticks and buggers off, what happens to this business? And others like it?
Where do you have your pint on a match day? The Boleyn, the Duke of Edinburgh, another pub in the area? What about the pie and mash joints? The owners of these businesses have no say in what is going to happen. Shouldn't we be concerned about them? Don't they deserve a voice in this process?