GLA City and East member Unmesh Desai feels QEOP plant plans could damage the legacy

PUBLISHED: 09:55 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:55 16 November 2016

London Assemby

It’s not an Olympic legacy to be proud of,” is what Newham Mayor, Sir Robin Wales, said about plans to build three concrete plants and one asphalt plant next to the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I couldn’t agree more.

Robin was a member of London’s organising committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, he knows what he is talking about. As part of the 2012 legacy, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) made a commitment to improve health outcomes and life opportunities for those who live and work locally.

The current proposals are in direct conflict with this and granting planning permission would have a detrimental effect on residents in terms of noise and dust pollution. We are talking about 900 lorry movements every 24 hours.

I visited the site with local campaigners and Cllr Terry Paul to receive an 11,000-strong petition opposing these plans and have joined with others in asking the LLDC not to agree to a development so close to people’s homes.

On the GLA Police Committee, I have been looking at a number of issues that affect Newham such as radicalisation and the London Stadium. I’ve successfully pressed for an inquiry into policing not just of the stadium but of the E20 area as a whole, including the park and Westfield Stratford City. I again join Robin in calling on all partners to ensure a safe environment for local residents.

Newham Council has invested heavily in CCTV and enforcement. Some local authorities are using cuts to justify disinvestment. Members of the GLA Budget Committee recently grilled Westminster about CCTV cuts and I was pleased to showcase the positive example of Newham.

It’s fantastic to see that, once again, our borough is leading the way. We should all be proud of a council that has yet again been shortlisted for the Council of the Year award. More from Unmesh Desai

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