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Olympic Compulsory Purchases

Like the other Olympic games and as with the Arsenal Stadium business ( where they want luxury flats and a mega casino ) and people are getting the boot by politicians and their mates in big business. We all know that much money has been wasted on consultants and propaganda lying about how this will benefit us all ( just as with ALMOs and any other PPP/PFI project -).

Well evictions, compuslory purchases, fares increases, council tax increases, more dodgy property speculation, pollution from the flights to the Olympics, plus devastation of wildlfie habitatas and pollution from the development ( the construction industry is responsible for 50% of emissions causing global warming ). We could also compare this with the corrupt shennanigans in Snowdonia National Park last year where Low Impact Sustainable Housing was destroyed ( search Indymedia for articles on Tony Wrench’s Roundhouse )yet many holiday homes for a corporate company were approved. But this is planning and development all over. Corrupt ( whether that is legal or moral you can decide ).The following BBC report does not mention that tennats have been told that they will have ONLY ONE choice of relocation so if the housing is unfit than they and the communities they are currently with are doublely shafted.
The BBC article:- Olympic land’s compulsory orders

An order securing land needed for the 2012 Olympic Games has been issued by the London Development Agency (LDA).

The compulsory purchase order (CPO) was issued for a 345 hectare site in east London, which has some private housing and more than 270 businesses.

But many of the companies in the Marshgate Lane area of Stratford say they are being forced out.

The LDA, the mayor’s business arm, says it is still prepared to negotiate individual voluntary agreements.

Manny Lewis, chief executive of the LDA, said: “This CPO is a necessary and important step towards the transformation of the Lower Lea Valley and the delivery of the Olympic Park.

Communities ‘boosted’

“The regeneration of this area will give local communities the boost they deserve.

“A legacy of 9,000 new homes, double the number of jobs in the Olympic zone area alone, business opportunities, social facilities, including schools, more green space and, of course, fantastic new sports venues.

 

What’s the point in regenerating it [the area], when you are going to destroy 300 good businesses and 10,000 jobs
Marshgate Lane businessman Lance Forman

“The issuing of the CPO does not mean the end of negotiations and, indeed, we would much prefer voluntary agreements with businesses and other land owners.”

The majority of those affected will be relocated by the summer of 2007.

One of those affected is Lance Forman who runs a family-owned salmon smoking operation.

He said: “Businesses like our ours are not after compensation. What we want is a site we can operate from that is as good as the one we’ve got.

“One that give us the same access to the City and West End, so that we can run our businesses successfully like we have done for 100 years.

“What’s the point in regenerating it [the area], when you are going to destroy 300 good businesses and 10,000 jobs.”

Olympic Demolition Starts

With news that London is now odds on favourite to win the 2012 Olympic bid work has already started on the site.

The site near Homerton Road and Stratford High Road has seen builders arive Monday morning and starting to demolish buildings. When Su Crawford spoke to them and asked them what they were doing she was told, “It’s for the Olympics, this is going to be the site”

She is trying to organise a demonstration later today ( Monday 6th June ) and will be trying to stop or slow progress on the construction.

There are expected to be ongoing demonstrations and local resistance to the building, what some have seen as part of the ” new fascism”. Privatisation, local and national government corruption are filling the pockets of property developers in the guise of community regeneration ( see Liverpool’s Pathway for instance ). Londoners may have noticed their fares spiralling out of control as ordinary folk fund the business communities schemes.

For the past 20 years ‘urban regeneration’ has been an excuse for corporate chains to turn every high street into an identical area whilst getting public funding (regeneration grants ) and ousting small businessess and the poor.

In a very good article on the No 2 Olympics website Kevin Blowe exposes the main myths surrounding the Olympic bid including the notion that the Games will help the regeneration of east London.

Read his article on the No To Olympics 2012 website here.

Olympic evictions at Clays Lane

The University of East London is evicting students from its Park Village estate at Clays Lane, Stratford, East London. The estate is to be handed over to the London Development Agency and will be part of the site for the Olympic Village if London gets the 2012 Olympics. The students are being removed even though the decision on the Olympics won’t be made until 6th July and if London doesn’t get the Olympics the estate will be let out again through a housing agency. If London does get the Olympics then the LDA says it will demolish the estate within six months even though the rest of the Village site won’t be available for construction till 2007. Notice to quit for the students expires on 19th July.

The estate consists of two tower blocks and a large number of four or six person houses. It is in perfectly good condition! Have a look for yourselves.