LLDC chief exec David Goldstone is encouraging everyone to have their say on plans for the Olympic Park

PUBLISHED: 10:52 26 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 26 October 2016


Every time I am on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, I’m struck by how much is going on: new housing going up at Chobham Manor, people screaming their way down the slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, taking part in a free community sports class or exploring the beautiful parklands.

Recently I walked past the site investigation works we’re carrying out in Stratford Waterfront – the area opposite the London Aquatics Centre where the beach was in the summer – where a major part of the new cultural and education district will be based.

This is our biggest and most ambitious transformation project, and it’s vital that such a major scheme is influenced by local people and businesses so that they can benefit from the investment, too. Over the past year we’ve been out and about as much as possible to meet you and hear your views.

Over 4,100 people have fed into our plans since the summer of 2015; thank you if you’ve been one of them.

Come along to the Stratford Centre on November 11 or the Podium café, next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, on November 12 to see the latest plans, talk to the design team and give us your opinions.

You can also see plans for the new footbridge that will link Stratford Waterfront to the new offices at International Quarter London.

Our aim is for Newham and the surrounding area to share in the enormous benefits that the cultural and education district will bring.

We expect that the development will draw an extra 1.5 million people to the park each year, contribute £2.8bn to the economy and create many opportunities for local businesses to benefit.

When the district is complete, Newham will have world-class educational and cultural establishments sitting in the park, alongside the sports venues and the wonderful arts and culture already on offer in the area. More from David

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