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Aftermath 2012 - Fire! The continuing fire safety scandal at East Village

The Olympic Park Homes Action Group continues to highlight the ongoing fire safety scandal at the former London2012 Athletes's Village, now called East Village.

The Evening Standard reported the story of two residents, Sam Williams, 30, and his wife Harriet, 31, who bought a 30 per cent share of a £390,000 two bedroom flat in East Village, Stratford, in 2014. Three years later the couple, who are both accountants, were able to buy out the housing association and become full owners of the property which, by 2017 was valued at £455,000.

When Sam and Harriet’s building was inspected it was discovered not only had it got sections of the same cladding as Grenfell Tower (now removed), but there were also problems with its timber balconies and fire breaks (or lack of).

The Government has pledged to pay to remove ACM cladding, but Sam, Harriet, and their neighbours, have no idea whether their block’s other problems will be covered by its various repair funds.

The couple, like thousands of other people stuck in flats they cannot sell, had hoped that their situation could be helped by the Fire Safety Bill. It included an amendment to protect leaseholders for having to pay for Grenfell-related repairs. But on Monday night, MPs voted to remove the clause.

The 'extreme mental health implications'...

Newham led a "review of the housing at East Village. It's worth remembering the former Athletes' Village is not in the Olympic Park even though the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which is the planning authority for the completely arbitrarily created 'Legacy' Zone, which is drawn to include the whole Stratford City site, likes to "claim all these sites for itself. In fact the LLDC is keen to emphasise that it does not have anything to do with the housing at East Village.

The Olympic Park Homes Action Group have tried 'reaching out' to some of the original builders and 'investors' - like LendLease....

Lendlease still feature the Village on their website. LendLease walked away from its commitment to fund the Athletes's Village during the 2008 credit crunch, although it retained the construction contract, meaning the whole project, including the refurbishment, had to be publicly funded at a loss of £275 million. The Village was also reduced to 2818 units. Of course the ODA couldn't resist the opportunity to lie the ODA insisted it never expected to recoup building costs. "It was an entirely empty site, it didn't have any infrastructure, roads or parks. There was always going to be a public sector contribution to help put those in." The reality is the site is not in the Olympic Park and would have been built as part of the Stratford City project to a much superior design.

....Delancey, another London2012 favourite who were part of the consortium, along with Qatari Diar, that bought the Village post Olympics

Then there was the bloke who biked across London to visit one of his favourite places!

A few updates along the way....



And another familiar name! With a familiar response....

And that bloke on his bike again...

'Reaching out' to SebCoeLtd...

Still waiting to hear from SebCoeLtd....

It could be a long wait!

SebCoeLtd was asked to visit the residents at Clays Lane, the estate which used to be across the road from where East Village is now. Clays Lane was demolished to make way for london2012. Seb said to talk to his assistant about making arrangements. That was the last we heard from him. Later, when BBC Radio4 You and Yours invited him to watch the demolition of the tower blocks at the former Park Village Students' estate, which was next to Clays Lane, he was asked about the Clays Lane residents. The presenter said he had been at the sharp end of dealing with the residents. He failed to correct her and said he had great sympathy with us, omitting to say that he had failed to honour a promise to come to see us and had never shown any interest in us.

SebCoeLtd received the backing of the British state in his bid to become head of what is now called World Athletics to the tune of £63 million from UKSport and the lobbying power of British embassies. The London2012 stadium was redesigned to fit in with the demands of his 'spiritual president' Lamine Diack, whose backing he needed to get elected as head of the IAFF. He was also part of the consortium that was planning to demolish part of the National Sports Stadium at Crystal Palace

With legatees like these....


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