Letter: Docklands has a bright future

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THE London Docklands Development Corporation may be "bowing out" on 31 March ("So long, Docklands", 28 December), but Docklands itself has a bright future, which was certainly not the case in 1981. In little under 17 years this once neglected and decayed area has been established as London's vital new business and residential district and a magnet for visitors. Money invested in new schools, parks, community facilities and refurbished council homes has lifted it almost beyond belief.

Contrary to Mr Blackhurst's claim, excellent progress has been made in the Royal Docks. The University of East London starts building its new campus in spring, opening in September 1999 for up to 3,000 students. The campus will be a major tenant of the Royal's Business Park. Near by, a new Olympic- standard rowing course and regatta centre are being built. The West Silvertown Urban Village, establishing a mixed community for up to 5,000 people, has already seen 270 private and social homes built and occupied, and a 23-acre riverside park is being created.This momentum will sweep regeneration eastwards.

Sir Michael Pickard

Chairman, LDDC