Pudding Mill River to Bow Back River

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


One of the major legacies of the Olympics will be the regeneration of the canal network and rivers in and around the Olympic site. Why then have the ODA proposed that Pudding Mill River back down to Bow Back River is omitted from their planning submission? What are your views and opinions on this major omission?


Answer for Pudding Mill River to Bow Back River

Answer for Pudding Mill River to Bow Back River

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The ODA remains committed to optimising the use of the waterways both for the Olympics and in legacy. It has provided funding to support the British Waterways project to reinstate Prescott Lock, is committed to a series of Wetlands habitats and to facilitate the extension of a 'green corridor' down to the Thames. This will achieve the ambition of revived waterways, wetlands and other wild areas that will provide a recreational, as well as a logical bonus for local people and London as a whole.In relation to Pudding Mill River, the review of the Olympic Park Masterplan, along with the changes to the main stadium concourse and the confirmed positioning of the Crossrail portal, has prohibited its full reinstatement. The commitments listed above, especially the new series of Wetlands habitat, have been provided to compensate for this.Given my position as a key stakeholder in the Games I am not in a position to comment on the current planning application. I have delegated this decision to the Chief Executive.