June 24, 2012 11:54 pm

Hackney needs promised employment space

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From Mr Jules Pipe.

Sir, London’s bid for the Olympic Games in 2005 promised to transform the economic landscape of east London. The International Olympic Committee has praised London 2012 as creating the “legacy blueprint” for future Games. That blueprint is in danger of being torn up with the threatened elimination of employment space vital to future job creation (“Olympic media centre at risk”, June 21).

Here in Hackney, where we will play host to a significant part of the Olympic Park, we are an area of rapid economic growth, where technology and creative digital sectors are thriving and creating highly skilled jobs. East London is fast becoming the UK’s Silicon Valley. We are forging international business partnerships and investors from all over the world will be coming to Hackney during the Games Our creative. small and medium-sized enterprise sector needs somewhere to expand and grow. The Olympic press and broadcast centres can provide that opportunity – and this is a vision that has been endorsed by the prime minister and by UK Trade & Investment.

Whatever happens to the International Broadcast Centre building, we need a commitment now from the mayor of London to delivering the amount of employment space that was promised. What we do not need is retail space and housing that, using the government's affordability criteria, is well out of the reach of most Hackney people. A failure to realise the potential of this site will be a betrayal of the promises in the 2005 bid, and more importantly, a betrayal of the businesses and residents of east London.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney

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