2012 Olympics and job creation (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Chair, apologies to colleagues. I am late because I came from a meeting with young people in my borough, which is one of the five Olympic boroughs. What they are excited about is tomorrow's launch of the Construction Skills Centre in Leyton. I wanted to ask the Mayor whether he welcomes this development which he has been part of pushing.

Also, following on from what Damian [Hockney] was saying, do we have to add extra resources in terms of communicating what is happening within the five [Olympic] boroughs so that we can move people like Damian on? If we do not, they will just be fixated on the issues that were there 18 months ago when we started this. I spend a great deal of my time, Damian, within two of the Olympic boroughs, and I have to tell you that the people from those two boroughs resent what you are saying because this is bringing in new jobs, it is keeping the skills level up.

Will the Mayor support what I am saying; that what we need is more communication about what is going on, especially in these five boroughs?

Answer

Answer for 2012 Olympics and job creation (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for 2012 Olympics and job creation (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Clearly we had to prioritise the initial work of getting control of the site, letting the contracts for the undergrounding of the power lines and remediation, getting in the master planners to rejigg the site, all of that. We have just agreed the legacy arrangements at the Olympic Board. This is broadly about the consultation we are putting in place both for the legacy that we get from the Games and the continuing legacy afterwards. That has involved the five boroughs in a good structure of consultation.

I spoke on the phone to Sir Robin Wales yesterday who was really enthusiastic. There had been real fears it was going to be a tight little group inside LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) and the ODA and it would not engage the public. Robin Wales is not my natural fan and would, I think, be genuinely suspicious of anything that has not been solely within the control of Newham, and he was very, very positive, having seen these structures. These will shortly be in the public domain, hopefully before we all go on holiday, and it will build in a permanent legacy, for consultation, primarily focused around the five local boroughs, but London-wide beyond that.