Olympic legacy: It's the East End, says Boris, but not as you know it
Wednesday 11 February 2009
A major regeneration of London's East End involving news homes, schools and arts and sports facilities will be the lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, Boris Johnson said yesterday.
The Mayor of London unveiled a "legacy masterplan" that confirmed plans for the creation of 10,000 new jobs and a further 10,000 new homes to go with the 2,871 flats being built in the Olympic Village. Provisional designs for a 1,000-pupil secondary school in the Olympic stadium, three primary schools and a National Sports Academy are all also being drawn up. They will complement a new arts academy and primary school already planned for the Olympic Village.
A public consultation has been launched by the London Development Agency and the Olympic boroughs – Newham, Greenwich, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. A university may be housed in the media centre and new transport links will cut journey time to the West End to 20 minutes.
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