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LLDC chief exec David Goldstone is loves not only the big QEOP events but the small community ones

PUBLISHED: 15:21 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 January 2017

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It’s been another great year on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and I want to thank you for all your support.

When I took up my role here, I wrote in this newspaper that “I want the Legacy Corporation to harness the creativity, passion and sense of opportunity that abounds in Newham … we want to build more thriving communities here.”

This is happening. The first families have moved into Chobham Manor, the first of five neighbourhoods we’re building on and around the park, and the first residents have started moving into Glasshouse Gardens. one of the new blocks next to the London Aquatics Centre.

Eager new students started at Mossbourne Riverside Academy in September and we’ve started work on the Bobby Moore Academy.

West Ham United have moved into their new home at the London Stadium, which has been transformed into a spectacular arena.

Next year, as well as playing host to Premier League football, the Stadium will put on the biggest global sporting event of the year: the World ParaAthletics Championships and IAAF World Athletics Championships. You can also catch some of the biggest names in music, Guns N’ Roses, Robbie Williams and Depeche Mode.

But it’s not just the big events: it’s all the smaller, everyday activities like the Big Lunch that make the park such a loved part of Newham.

The park wouldn’t be the same without the enthusiasm of local people, and many give their time volunteering as Park Champions.

I was honoured to hand over the presents that LLDC staff and contractors have donated to the Christmas Toy Appeal. Community Links is a fantastic charity and we’ve supported this great cause for the last six years.

All of this helps build thriving communities. There’s so much more happening on the park next year. More from David


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