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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick 09:12, Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Signage for Olympics 2012 London

Paul Scoins, who works on You & Yours, emailed me: "I wondered if this might be worth flagging up... We've got Tessa Jowell on today to take calls on people's views on the 2012 Olympic legacy."

The programme looks like this:

First half:

  • Are you still as enthusiastic about the Games as you were when they were won?
  • What kind of impact do you think the Games will have on the whole of the UK?
  • What will be the economic impact of the Games? Should the money be spent elsewhere?
  • Are you concerned that there is a metropolitan bias to the Games?

Second half:

  • Is the infrastructure needed for the Games to be a success in place?
  • What will be the legacy of the Games - long term jobs, investment in sport, culture?
  • Where is the 'added value' to be had? Is the UK making the most of the tourism opportunities?

If you'd like to join in and question the minister, the lines are open now. Call 03700 100 444 or fill in the form on this page. Full details are on the You & Yours home page.

Paul is particularly interested to hear from people directly affected by the Games construction and people who live in Stratford or the other affected areas of East London.

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog


  • Comment number 1.

    Tessa Jowell: Portland, Dorset is proud to host the 2012 Olympics sailing events BUT . . .
    1. The backdrop to the Olympic site is one of the most 'deprived' areas in Dorset. The main streets look sad and derelict. Nothing is being done to rejuvenate the entrance to Portland (Victoria Square) and the hillside township of Fortuneswell. No legacy here.
    2. As I write, 2/3 of a large sports pitch alongside the sailing centre is being ripped up for building, drastically reducing a major facility for public use. This was featured on You and Yours last year.

  • Comment number 2.

    I live in East London, a mile or so away from the main Olympic site. The construction cranes stick up in my western horizon.

    My heart sank when I heard the news of London getting the Olympics. I've seen what is left in Sydney and Athens - acres of decaying, unused wasteland. I've seen the architecture in Stratford. It is bleak. It is brutal beyond description. I'm in the middle of the the chaos that will be the public transport infrastructure. Unless all the visitors get a pre-booked Oyster, there's no way the current ticket offices will cope - Stratford station is already congested. I'm seeing the already congested roads earmarked for special lanes for the Olympic fatcats in their limousines. Talk of long-term jobs in this area is baloney - there are plenty of people making huge money, but they aren't local people. The Olympic ideal has long gone - it is now purely a cynical money-making exercise for a few individuals, consultants, construction companies and TV companies, and a means of satisfying a few egos hellbent on pursuing a perverted nationalism in the name of sport. Investment in culture? Oh really, pull the other one, please...

    Tell me, Minister, exactly how much are taxpayers now coughing up for this extravagant three weeks of hopping skipping and jumping in 2012?

    If terrorists nuke it, I would probably go up in the cloud, but there is a little part of me that can't help thinking they'd be doing the whole world a favour.

    I feel for the poor people of Rio.


  • Comment number 3.

    Steve - an editorial comment: the url links for this page are mixed. This page is 'olympics_minister_tessa_jowell_legacy.html' but the 'posts on this blog' link is 'got_a_question_olympics_mi.html'.


  • Comment number 4.

    Russ, Thanks for pointing out the URL problem. I changed the URL of the post after publication which seems to have confused the blogging software. I'll see if I can get it sorted out.

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog


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