THIS WILL ANNOY YOU.
- Are you a tax payer?
- Do you love visiting Westfield or taking the kids to the Olympic Park?
- Do you remember that moment of euphoria, when the whole of Great Britain unified to celebrate our best sporting achievements ever?
The Olympic Park cost £12 billion of UK tax payers money and thanks to that we can enjoy one of the largest green spaces in London. It's waterways, lawns and meadows attract locals and visitors alike as the surroundings blooming full of wildlife.
The Lee Valley Velopark, the London Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and The Olympic Stadium itself still attract the best sporting talent at events like the World Championship Boxing, European Aquatics Championships, the Anniversary Games and the World Athletics Championships.
However, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) - the very people tasked with protecting the legacy of the games - could be the very people who destroy it, if we don't make a stand.
Last year a planning application was submitted for the creation of London's largest concrete and asphalt (tarmac) plant - right at the centre of the Olympic Park, and in the middle of a dense residential area.
This development, should it be approved by the LLDC, would have a dramatic impact on the local area and the health of it's residents and visitors to The Olympic Park.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
The three concrete factories and one potential asphalt, will be next door to the London Athletics Association, the new UCL East campus and three primary schools yet to be built. They will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with an estimated 900 heavy vehicles coming and going daily.
- Concrete dust causes asthma and other serious respiratory issues.
- Asphalt fumes cause asthma and cancer
- Dangerous level of air pollution will reach areas as far as Essex and Hertfordshire with the extra 900 Heavy Goods Vehicle's per day.
- Over 10,200 people have already signed a petition against these plans.
- The planning applications have been submitted as three independent operations.
- No consideration has been made for the cumulative effects it will have on the environment or the local children.
- No environmental impact assessment has been carried out.
- Sadiq Khan has said he has "no power to influence the decision making process" despite sitting on the board of the LLDC and the threat this poses to his Clean Air policy. The LLDC was given special powers and a remit directly from the Mayor’s office to manage the Olympic Park area regeneration beyond 2012.
HOW WILL YOUR MONEY BE SPENT?
- £5,000 will go towards paying DPDS Planning and Environment Consultancy for the formal objection letter written and submitted to the LLDC.
- Any additional funds will be protected by the Olympic Park Coalition for Responsible Development and used to protect Fish Island and Hackney Wick from unsolicted projects that threaten the community. Help pay for legal expertise, relevant legal representation and Judicial Reviews.
- The concrete batching plan is just one of the distressing projects planned. Currently the LLDC are destroying Vittoria Wharf - a building that was protected for it's historic value - to build a bridge no one needs. They are also planning on demolishing Swan Wharf - another historically protected building - to build studios and a bar, something Swan Wharf already is.
Together we will be recognised by press and politicians alike as a serious organisation set on the protection of the Olympic Legacy for the good of all Londoners and not just a select few who like to line their pockets for short term gain.
The proposal is scheduled for review before the London Legacy Development Corporation's (LLDC) planning committee on September 27th 2016,1, Stratford Place, Montfichet Rd, Stratford E20 1EJ. All are welcome to attend.
The full applications can be found on LLDC's planning website at http://planningregister.londonlegacy.co.uk/swift/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display : PA Refs: 15/00368/FUL / 15/00400/FUL / 15/00414/FUL / 16/00194/SCRES].
About the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)
The LLDC is not directly accountable to local residents in the same way that the councils of Newham, Tower Hamlets or Hackney are. Consequently, the decision making of the LLDC will not always be in the interests of local residents. It is the LLDC alone that has the final decision on whether this concrete batching development goes ahead.
The proposal of the concrete works is completely incompatible with the Mayor's office 'Clean Air for London Policy' or the current direction of residential and other developments planned for the area.
In order to protect the integrity and future development of the community, it is of paramount importance that a concerted effort be made by local residents and businesses to oppose this planning proposal NOW.