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9 March – Greenwich Council gets tough with LOCOG?

9 March – Greenwich Council gets tough with LOCOG? – According to the London Evening Standard Greenwich is one of three London boroughs which have lodged official objections to the Olympic Route Network (the 109-mile road network of “Zil lanes” serving official Olympic vehicles) on the grounds that this will cause severe congestion and disruption to residents,

and will impede access to hospitals, suspend bus routes, and cut residents off from their homes.

Failure to find a solution could trigger a judicial review, which could disrupt the process for gaining planning permission with five months to go to the Games.

Could it be that the Greenwich Council Planning Board have finally started listening to local residents?

Have they finally developed a backbone and stood up to the Olympic juggernaut?

Could their objection result in a last-minute reprieve for Greenwich Park?

This is not clear from the article.

It may simply be referring the fact that the Planning Board only “partially approved” LOCOG’s Transport Plan for Greenwich Park (which could perhaps charitably be described as “work in progress”)

and that they will re-consider (rubber-stamp) it at a later meeting of the Board.

The article includes a comment on LOCOG’s Olympic Route Network by a Park Vista resident: “It’s like they’ve forgotten that people live here”.

The same can be said about the use of Greenwich Park for the equestrian events.

It is as if the Olympic bid was dreamt up using a tourist map of London, and perhaps a booklet from The Royal Parks,

and nobody thought of how this pipe dream would disrupt the life of the real city.

The 2012 Games will be the biggest disruption to the lives of ordinary Londoners since the Blitz.

Sally Elliott

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