Thames Gateway and the Olympics

The Olympic Legacy

The Olympics Vision: To host an inspirational, safe and inclusive Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and leave a sustainable legacy for London and the UK.

Following the successful bid by London to host the 2012 Olympic Games, the Government promised to create a sustainable legacy from the Games for the UK and London.  The Government made five legacy promises in June 2007. 

  1. Make the UK a world-leading sporting nation
  2. Transform the Heart of East London
  3. Inspire a generation of young people
  4. Make the Olympic park a blueprint for sustainable living
  5. Demonstrate the UK is a creative, inclusive and welcoming place to live in, visit and for business.

The second of these promises, to 'transform the heart of East London' is the focus for Communities and Local Government, and the Department is working with partners to help shape the future of this area and to build stronger and more cohesive communities in East London.

The London 2012 Games will take place mainly in the new Olympic Park, being built in Stratford, East London. The area of the Olympic Park and the Lower Lea Valley includes some of the most diverse and deprived communities in the UK.  The Department works closely with the five Olympic Host Boroughs (Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Waltham Forest) and the London Mayor, to ensure that the Games leaves a lasting legacy that includes physical, economic and social regeneration that benefits local communities through reducing worklessness and improving training, skills and ambitions.  The Olympic Park, together with Stratford City, forms one of the Thames Gateway's four 'Strategic Transformers'.

The Lower Lea Valley, as part of the Thames Gateway, was a regeneration priority for the ODPM (now Communities and Local Government) long before the success of the Olympic Bid. The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) was established in June 2004 with the statutory objective of securing the regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley. 

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