Just as London faces the threat of a fine from the IOC for exceeding pollution levels, which could also endanger particular events like the marathon, Tube Unions have rejected BoJo's pay deal which would cover the 2012 Games and allow for the Tube to run for longer during the event.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Wed, 27/04/2011 - 01:33.
Rio Tinto Zinc is to sponsor the Australian 2012 Olympics team. The company described its values as 'accountability, respect, teamwork and integrity (which) are in tune with those of the Australian Olympic team.'
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 24/04/2011 - 02:20.
Olympic Delivery Authority contractors Thurlow Countryside Management (TCM) undertook a secret mass gassing of rabbits during the clearance of nature reserves, allotments and parkland within the London 2012 construction site in 2008. The ODA had sought to systematically misrepresent the existing open space as 'industrial wasteland' and a '100-year-old rubbish tip' while claiming to be protecting the wildlife on site. This is the first evidence that wildlife incompatible with the construction plans was deliberately destroyed.
Submitted by Charles Batsworth on Sun, 27/02/2011 - 18:31.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 17/02/2011 - 13:12.
The Property world is getting excited by the interest supposedly being showed in the Athletes’ Village and the Media Centre. Of course, expressions of interest are not the same as money on the table. But even if the money does materialise what does this signify? That property tycoons see an opportunity to make a profit? And that profit will be made at a loss to the public purse of at least £150million on the Village and an unknown sum on the Media Centre.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sun, 19/12/2010 - 23:03.
At the end of November the Pipe Major declared that Hackney's alleged wind turbine on East Marsh had finally lost its blades. In fact this was always an ODA not a Hackney project and it was not going to power Hackney homes but feed into the Olympic Park grid. In June the ODA's other turbine at Eton Manor was propelled into oblivion by a lack of commercial interest. At that time Hackney insisted the East Marsh turbine would still go ahead as the council claimed it did not present the same issues. However, it now turns out it did and the same lack of investors has done for the project.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 13/12/2010 - 03:04.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 15/11/2010 - 02:52.
Spin is pernicious, like Japanese Knotweed from tiny fragments of root it keeps popping up everywhere.
Mark King, an innocent 'churnalist', writes a piece in The Guardian: A working life: the lock keeper
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Sun, 24/10/2010 - 11:24.
Legacy housing to meet the desperate housing shortage facing the better off appears to be the grand design of the OPLC. Regeneration 'expert' Lady Ford considers back to basics neo-Georgian and Regency housing on a grander scale is what is needed: "London is crying out for decent-quality family housing both to rent and to buy and, given the assets here, this is destined to be a park for London families. I think this masterplan has a much sharper focus and reflects the best of London."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 11/10/2010 - 04:15.
Dave Lee's The Olympic Borough has an exclusive one day in advance of the next Save Wanstead Flats public meeting. His FoI request reveals that t
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Tue, 05/10/2010 - 14:03.