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Last Updated: Monday, 30 January 2006, 12:46 GMT
New 2012 Games plans to save jobs
A computer generated image of how the 2012 Olympic Park will look
Stratford will be transformed by the Games
London 2012 bosses have announced new plans for the Olympic Park, aimed to save 95 businesses and 1,200 jobs from being relocated, and improve security.

Updated plans for the site include integrating the Olympic Village more with the Stratford City Development.

The main broadcast centre will be moved to inside the security zone and Fish Island, originally earmarked for car parking, will be released.

As a result, businesses needing to be released will be cut from 301 to 206.

The adjustments should also mean that the the current number of 307 objections to the Olympic plans - to be heard at a public inquiry - will be reduced by 80.

The changes will bring the facilities closer together within the Olympic Park resulting in an improved lay-out
Lord Coe
Manny Lewis, chief executive of the London Development Agency (LDA) which is tasked with securing and preparing the land for the Olympic Park, said: "These improvements will help deliver an enhanced legacy for London and Londoners, which has always been the core of our vision.

"The changes also mean that nearly a third of the businesses - and 1,200 jobs - which we originally needed to relocate can now remain where they are.

"This will significantly reduce the impact on local businesses."

Andy Latham owns one of the businesses that has now been "saved" - but he insists this is not good news.

"I won't be able to carry on my business, because the freeholder of the unit I lease will almost certainly sell it to build luxury flats," Latham, who manufactures scenery for theatre and television, told BBC Sport.

"When I was within the proposed zone of the Olympic Park I would have received compensation.

"Now I will get nothing and I won't be able to afford to set up somewhere else."

A spokesperson for the LDA countered: "A lot of businesses told us they didn't want to move.

"This decision will safeguard those businesses and save 1,200 local jobs."

The updated plans for the Olympic Park in East London are:

  • The Olympic Village will be more fully integrated with the already-planned Stratford City Development which will result in an earlier construction of the village.

  • The international broadcast centre and main press centre will be moved from the originally planned site at Pudding Mill Lane into the Olympic Park security zone.

  • Majority of Fish Island will be released with most of the car and coach parking being resited in a multi-storey car park already planned for the Stratford City site.

    Lord Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the London organising committee, added: "The changes will bring the facilities closer together within the Olympic Park resulting in an improved lay-out that will make the site even more secure for all users, including athletes and spectators as well as visitors, staff and community groups.


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