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London 2012: A Rubbish Olympics...

by Mike Wells

2012 Olympics contamination warning marker layer being installed

The Giant Cover-up: the Warning Marker Layer covers up to a million square meters of contaminated ground on the Olympic Site

"The Olympics is a great brand." So says David Higgins, Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority. One of the words Higgins would not like attached to his brand is – rubbish. Yet rubbish features large in relation to the London Olympics. The Main Stadium, Basketball Arena, Velodrome, and the Media Centre are all built on rubbish, or to be more exact former rubbish dumps. Most of this rubbish (with associated contamination) remains under these venues.

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Olympic Games Impact Study for DCMS 2005

Olympic Games Impact Study: Final Report Dec 2005

Produced by Price Waterhouse Coopers for the DCMS to assess the likely national, regional and local impacts of hosting the Olympics in London.

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Sport participation on target - in 25 years

Amid the welter of failing Olympic Legacies come the latest figures on sport participation which show it will take 25 years for the government to reach its reduced Olympic Legacy target of getting another million people involved in sport three times a week. 14 sports actually showed a statistically significant decrease in the numbers particpating once a week. And that doesn't take into account the effect of the coming budget cuts.

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GLA Committe Report into The Legacy of London's Olympic Venues, September 2010

Report by the London Assembly Economic Development, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee, Legacy United? The Legacy of London's Olympic Venues.

Focuses on the Legacy uses of the Main Stadium and th

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Working for free - BoJo's Olympic solution to the cuts

So this is the Olympic future, working for nothing! Volunteering seems to be BoJo's vision of a great Olympic Legacy, a solution to the demolition of the public sector in the name of cutting the deficit.

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Athlete's Village dries up

As Steve pointed out in the Or maybe there's an extra swan in the CGI? post, the ODA's latest 'unveiling' of plans for the Athletes Village landscaping contains nothing that hasn't already been publicised previously by LendLease (who are responsible for the project) on their own Athletes Village website.

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Making noises on that coiltrumpet

On the Newsgroup Charlie points out it's last chance to object to the Planning Application (application ref 10/90250/FULODA ) for the 'Snorbit'

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