Reporters Without Borders has hailed a foreign ministry decision, taken under international pressure, to loosen regulations for foreign journalists working in China.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 13/12/2006 - 20:44.
... rather than playing into that eminently regeneration game of 'sustainable communities' and 'dangerous classes', it seems to me that the whole idea of a 'People's Plan' needs to be predicated on contact and awareness between the many different groups and individuals in this area who have the most to lose from the Olympics happening.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 13/12/2006 - 16:53.
MACHINERY has been digging up small parts of a Stratford park, prompting fears that the land is being prepared for building work even before permission has been granted.
The London Development Agency (LDA) has applied to demolish a playground, community centre and sports pitches in Major Road to make way for travellers who are being forced off their Clays Lane home on the Olympic site.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 04/12/2006 - 17:41.
About 24 Tube workers have lobbied the London Labour Party Conference against plans to hand operations for the East London Line to a private company. The workers were from the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA). RMT and TSSA union leaders Bob Crow and Gerry Doherty urged delegates to oppose Transport for London's (TfL) plans.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 26/11/2006 - 19:57.
Here is a recent example of the Olympic Development Authority going through the charade of applying for planning permission from themselves.
Below are extracts from the first two pages of their report which accompany their application.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 24/11/2006 - 15:57.
Readers will be glad to know that Great Creasted Newts are being granted a six month consultation period and, presumably, a carefully supervised relocation. Residents at Clays Lane don't even have the protection of a relocation strategy.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Tue, 14/11/2006 - 16:55.
E-mail from Julie Sumner of Manor Gardens Allotments to Jenny Jones of the GLA Mon, 6 Nov 2006
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 08/11/2006 - 22:10.
Having spoken to a planning decisions officer for the ODA I now find not only is the relocation strategy not agreed but it is not even required as it was submitted under the original planning permissions which lapsed in January 2006 when new proposals were put forward. This was at exactly the same time as JPAT was consulting on the relocation strategy! So we were responding to a strategy which was already dead. No-one told us this and in fact we have been told over the past few months that the strategy was in force even though it was not approved. Now it appears it didn't even exist and was not even required.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 03/11/2006 - 23:21.
Manor Gardens, bequeathed to be allotments 'in perpetuity' by their original owner the 'Right Hon' Major Villiers, sit in the North central section of the Olympic Park. The LDA plan to remove them to make a footpath to the stadia, destroying in the process a century of devoted cultivation and a close-knit community rooted in this irreplaceable site.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 27/10/2006 - 06:26.