Last updated: 6 march, 2012 - 15:48 GMT

Great Expectations: Parts three and four

It is two years to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the residents of a council estate nearby have been watching the venues take shape for a while now.

One of the pledges when London won the 2012 bid to host the Olympics was that the East End – the socially deprived area of the city - would be lifted out of its poverty.

Is the regeneration of the area affecting those it was supposed to target?

Part Three - Garden of Paradise

Meadow land at the Olympic Park

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Olympics officials and politicians want people to get involved in the excitement of it all, but locals from East London's deprived neighbours are not all buying in to the glossy media campaign.

Locals say that tickets will be expensive and because those on low incomes will need to work, they will not be able to take part by volunteering.

Resident Darrell James says "They have turned an industrial site into a garden of paradise.

"If they can do that for the Olympic village, why can't they do that for a place where people actually live and breathe and pay taxes?"

First broadcast on 13 October 2010

Part Four - Inspiring Real Legacy

Hilary and her son look out at the Olympic Stadium

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"Although we live very close to it, we don't feel part of it at all," so says single mum Hillary Wilgress.

"Because people are people, they're not thinking this is great because this is going to help us with the Olympics. They're thinking what a pain it is… stuck in traffic again."

Organisers argue that the legacy of the Games will be felt for generations to come.

Aside from the Olympic Village itself – which residents admit is impressive - there will be new commercial areas, a library, homes, better infrastructure and a shopping centre.

With the prospects for jobs, will regeneration affect those who need it most?

First broadcast on 20 October 2010




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