The footballing fast food world was rocked to it’s very foundations yesterday as Haringey Council’s Tottenham project director Anne Lippit revealed, “Tottenham has a lot of fried chicken shops. It’d be good if Tottenham had places like Costa Coffee.”
Do wot? This is an outrageous and unprovoked attack on the Tottingham tastebuds from this one time riot regeneration tsar. If Ms Lippit is genuinely concerned about civil disorder she may wish to have a rethink her secret seasoning scrapping suggestion.
Do Costa Coffee offer an extensive range of mouthwatering, deep fried delicacies including a can of pop for a mere £1.99? I don’t believe that they do. Do Costa Coffee present you with your order almost before you’ve finished ordering it? No they do not. They wouldn’t know how.
In the time it takes some middle class housewife to order her caramel macchiato frappuccino then check her iPhone then change her mind then squawk at some ‘barista’ that she actually wants an espressio doppio and an naffin’ apple; you could have ordered a top of the range box of poulet on the bone served on a bed of pomme de fryer and had already started adding salt, vinegar and ketchup to taste.
The council’s ‘A Plan for Tottenham’promises ‘up to 10,000 new high quality homes and over 5,000 new jobs’ for Tottenham by 2025, £400 million new 56,000-seater stadium would provide Tottenham with 300 new homes and 800 ‘match day’ jobs.
Ms Lippit added, ‘regeneration could include a new Victoria Line tube station at Northumberland Park and increased overground rail commuter services.’
A Tottenham spokesperson said their preference was still to remain at White Hart Lane during the building work and that any communications with the LLDC would be part of fully exploring every option – and that interim use of the Olympic Stadium is different from being based there full time.
Let’s hope that this can get going as quickly as possible. I’d prefer to demolish the OS and have a swanky new stadium that was cheaper to build and in an area that was a doddle to get in and out of, but whatever happens we need more seats to buy better players and that’s what it’s all about.