What have the Olympics done for London?

12 July 2013


Councillors from four of the London Boroughs which hosted the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will appear before the Lords Committee charged with investigating the Games’ legacy on Monday 15 July.

Having heard last week from leaders of the London Boroughs of Newham and Waltham Forest, at 3.45pm on Monday the Committee will hear from:

  • Councillor Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration for the London Borough of Hackney;
  • Councillor Chris Roberts, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich; and
  • Councillor Rabina Khan, Cabinet Member for Housing in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

They will be followed, at 5.00pm, by Councillor Rocky Gill, Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Questions the witnesses are likely to face include:

  • How reliant are their boroughs on outside help, for example from the Legacy Development Corporation, to achieve the social and economic legacy promised by the Games and what impact have local authority budget reductions had on the legacy aspirations?
  • How will the Olympic Village and the five new housing neighbourhoods, planned to be built within the Olympic Park, benefit your residents?
  • Were  residents  in the boroughs successful in gaining employment from the Games in both the short and long-term? Have local businesses benefitted from them?
  • Have initiatives set up post-Games to improve grassroots sports participation been successful and which particular sports have worked with schools or community groups in the boroughs?

The evidence sessions will begin at 3.45pm in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords.

The sessions will be webcast at www.parliamentlive.tv and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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