I think that the proposed Olympic site will end up as something that isn’t used, just a ghost of the future.
Iain Sinclair (2004)
It’s important to recognise that the London Games are a catalyst for what will be the biggest regeneration project in Europe. We face a big challenge but also a big opportunity one that we want the whole of the region to benefit from.
David Higgins, CEO of the Olympic Delivery Authority (2006)
The Olympics will represent a drain on our purses, a waste of our time, a new nadir in our national prestige and a political debacle that will have public servants blaming each other, with the requisite and costly inquiries, for decades to come.
Will Self, The Observer (2006)
The Lower Lea Valley is currently characterised by large areas of derelict industrial land and poor housing. Much of the land is fragmented, polluted and divided by waterways, overhead pylons, roads and railways. My aim is to build on the area’s unique network of waterways and islands to attract new investment and opportunities, and to transform the Valley into a new sustainable, mixed use city district, fully integrated into London’s existing urban fabric.
London Mayor Ken Livingstone (2007)
This eastern fringe, the capital’s last remaining wilderness, represents an unruly kind of beauty. The overgrown, tumbledown roughscape of pylons, dirty canals and industrial warehouses that it offers is the antithesis of the slicked-up, gentrified heritage city that boom-time London is in danger of becoming.
Sukhdev Sandhu’s Hymn to the East End, The Telegraph (2005)
The Government is committed to delivering a sporting legacy for young people, and to bringing back a culture of competitive sport in schools. School sport is in a good position in this country – and we give thanks to the thousands of people in schools, and in communities, who make sport happen every day. However, levels of competitive sport are not as high as they should be.
Plans for the legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (2010)
Foreseeable requirements for public sector funding were excluded from the estimates at the time of the bid to host the Games, giving an unrealistic picture of the expected costs.
House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, The budget for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (2008)
I hope Britain shows the society and the country it is in an extraordinary setting. 205 nations, thousands of competitors, thousands of visitors, I just want Britain to be shown at its best, and I hope people feel proud of what we have delivered.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe (2011)
If there is going to be a legacy, we need to plan now. We see no evidence of that planning.
Michael de Giorgio, chairman of a report by the Centre for Social Justice titled More Than A Game: harnessing the power of sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people (2011)