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East Londoners outline their Olympic Legacy

13:58 26 November 2012

Over 500 residents from the five east London boroughs gathered in Stratford last week to outline a local Legacy they could believe in.

‘Citizens Legacy’ proposals

Jobs

*1,000 jobs during transformation phase for local people

*Make the Queen Elizabeth Park a Living Wage Zone

*Work with us to deliver 50 per cent permanent jobs for local people

*Set up a summer youth programme to employ 500 16 to 19-year-olds every summer

Housing

*100 CLT homes on the Olympic Park in the first phas

*2,012 CLT homes out of the 32,000 homes on the Mayor’s Master Plan

Inspiring Generations

*Access to affordable facilities on the Olympic Park

*Free sports facilities for schools and community groups

*Partnership for job opportunities around future competitions

Governance

*Regular meetings with the chief executive of the LLDC

The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO) lauched their ‘Citizens Legacy’ at the St Francis of Assisi Church in Grove Crescent Road to lay the foundations of a relationship with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) who are in charge of the future of the Olympic Park site.

Around 70 community organisations - from schools, to churches, from mosques to local businesses - in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest attended the 16th TELCO Anniversary Assembly to discuss their successes over the past year getting jobs for young people at the London 2012 Games.

Speakers included Darren Gayle who overcame drug addiction to work at the Olympic Games, Summi Akhtar, a Carpenters Estate resident from the East London Mosque, and Paul Brickell, director of communities and regeneration at the LLDC.

A huge part of the annual meeting was devoted to securing fair jobs, housing, inspirational opportunities for east Londoners to make sure the Olympic legacy includes them.

Captain Nick Coke, one of the chairs of the meeting, said: “We still have a lot of work to do with this but now is the time to get stuck in.

“But as for us, we are committed the show goes on here on the streets of east London.”

The organisation have promoted for rights and housing for east Londoners in the past launching campaigns such as the Living Wage and CitySafe.

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