Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales believes in the Olympic legacy


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Recently I spoke at the Olympic Stadium to mark 10 years since we won the bid to host the 2012 Games, and to mark the official launch of the Foundation for FutureLondon, a charity that will deliver arts, culture and creative education programmes on Queen Elizabeth Park and in surrounding boroughs.

I always enjoy visiting the stadium because it’s a constant reminder of how tirelessly Newham Council worked to ensure the 2012 Games was the best ever, but more importantly, to make sure our residents and neighbourhoods benefited and continue to do so.

We haven’t rested on our laurels after the Games. We can all see the huge investment in the area through improved transport links and new neighbourhoods like The International Quarter and East Village.

The cultural, creative and educational offer that will soon arrive in the form of the Olympicopolis project, the Smithsonian Institution and the Victoria & Albert Museum, will greatly add to the revitalisation of the area.

In Newham cultural activities add huge value to our residents’ lives. Our Every Child programme is testament to that and is helping to open up a range of opportunities to the youngest in our borough. From trips to the theatre to free music tuition, it is important that our children get to benefit from the same opportunities as their peers in wealthier parts of this city.

Together we are showing the world, the country and the rest of London that the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and our investment in the stadium weren’t just a flash in the pan. Recent spectacles like Rugby World Cup 2015, International Rugby League and the Race of Champions, have illustrated the potential of the iconic venue.

When the bid for the 2012 Games was won 10 years ago I promised that our residents would benefit. This is happening, but I continue to push for regeneration to be done right and for residents to always be an integral part of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy. More from Sir Robin