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Regeneration

How the 2012 Olympics is selling East London short, and a 10 point plan for a more positive local legacy

Waterlogged Allotments at Marsh Lane Fields.  Feb  2008 ©Martin SlavinWaterlogged Allotments at Marsh Lane Fields. Feb 2008 © Martin Slavin


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The Olympics site is eating into east London's green spaces

American landscape architects are promising east Londoners a park that will be "equivalent to Hyde Park" and "will give the area an equal weight to the west" (Olympics will leave east London an open space to rival Hyde Park, March 17). However, there are fundamental questions about the way the park and its surrounding developments are being planned that your article fails to address.


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Delivering a usable local legacy

On 15th January leaders of the five London 'Host Boroughs' submitted a written memorandum to the House of Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport. This outlined their concerns about how well the ODA were likely to supply adequate design and financing to a sustainable social legacy for the people of those boroughs.


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Dereliction, 2012 Olympics style

When does a building on the Olympic site become derelict? The answer, when the LDA takes it over. The 2012 blog (see below) describes a tower block, which used to belong to the University of East London, as having been 'derelict for a number of years'. So I wonder how that came about? Maybe the building was abandoned due to its appalling state? No, it was rendered derelict by the LDA after they took it over from the University of East London in the summer of 2005.


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Fencing falls out

.: Clays Lane Co-op under demolition Clays Lane Co-op under demolition Photo by Mike WellsNot the blue fence but the Fencing Hall falls out! Pity. Clays Lane residents suggested events like this could easily be held in other locations meaning their estate could have been taken out of the Park. In fact, we tried to argue that the whole Games could have been parcelled out to a range of existing facilities!

It is now reported that the hall, which is at present located next to the Athletes' Village, may not be built and the event could be relocated to the Excel Centre at a saving of £90m. Hardly an original idea and one specifically put forward by residents at the Compulsory Purchase Inquiry.


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The UK's worsening Housing Crisis

The UK 'National Housing Federation' has just published its annual report on the state of the UK housing market, Titled 'Home Truths'. The blurb says:

"Home Truths: The case for 70,000 new social homes a year, is our annual state of the nation report on housing supply and affordability. It gives the latest facts and figures on housing in an easily digestible format, and includes new projections showing that the average house price in England will break the £300,000 barrier by 2012."


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The Olympic effect leaves Thames Gateway short of development funds

The regeneration needs of East London outside the Olympic Park are in danger of being ignored by central government, according to the boss of the area’s urban development corporation.

In addition, says Peter Andrews, chief executive of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), weaknesses in the planning system caused by delayed implementation of government reforms is hampering regeneration efforts.


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A little local difficulty in Rio before the Pan American Games

Security forces and drug traffickers battled with guns and grenades in a Rio de Janeiro slum on Wednesday after more than 1,000 policemen backed by armored cars invaded the area in a show of force before the Pan American Games. About 450 soldiers occupied the main entrances to the area that groups more than 20 slums in the north of the city.

Gang members set up barricades and created oil slicks to slow down the police assault. The BBC's Gary Duffy in Sao Paulo says the police face a formidable opposition as many members of the drug gangs have high-calibre weapons. In a recent exchange of gunfire a man was killed at a petrol station up to 2km (1.2 miles) from where the shot was originally fired.


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