OPINION: Concrete plant rejection a victory

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 October 2017


I am pleased that a second application to the London Legacy Development Corporation to permit the construction of concrete plants near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was again turned down recently.

This victory is a tribute to the work of residents, who have campaigned with vigour and commitment over many months. It was an honour to work with them. But the battle is not over yet. Siting concrete plants next to the London Stadium and nearby housing developments does not fit in with the green and healthy legacy envisaged for the area following the Olympics.

also recently visited the Olympic park as part of my work as a member of the Police and Crime Committee. We are finalising our review of policing and security at the park.

As the park continues to attract new businesses, cultural and educational institutions, the policing needs of the growing number of residents must not be overlooked.

I welcomed the Mayor Sadiq Khan’s use of the Park to announce that east London is the fastest growing area of the capital earlier this month.

An additional 125,000 jobs are forecast to be created in the Olympic host boroughs by 2030 with the majority being in science and technology.

It is of course important to ensure that through agencies like Newham Workplace, local residents are able to secure these jobs.

This is the legacy we need to nurture. Local communities should be benefiting from the new neighbourhoods, business parks and cultural areas which have made our borough a beacon of culture, sport, business and education.

And finally, on a cricketing note, wasn’t it great to see Essex win the title in such style and on their return to the top flight! More from Unmesh

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