27/07/2017 London News


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Good evening and welcome. I'm Alice Bhandhukravi.

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Five years today the capital welcomed the world -

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for the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.

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But beyond the spectacle of the shown and the sporting

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achievement, London won the Games on the promise of a lasting legacy.

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Among the pledges: transforming part of east London,

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So five years on has London 2012 delivered?

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And was it worth the ?9 billion price tag?

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Some feel the promises made on regeneration

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were wildly optimistic, a bit like Usain Bolt saying he

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could run the 100 metres in seven seconds.

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His world record of 9.58 is pretty impressive, but it's not

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So were their promises made on jobs and housing

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It often seems tailor of two Stratfords.

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For some the Olympics has given huge opportunities, while others feel

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This is a new bakery, a small business thriving

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There is a community that developed now, people

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living here, people that know each other, people that have their

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There is now some history in this village.

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But just outside the park, isolated on the other side of the tracks,

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Half the houses are gone, there used to be

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around, I'd say, between 50 to maybe 80 factories around here, which kept

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Do you think there's a sense that part of the community's

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Meet Neil and Jackie, volunteer games makers in

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They loved it so much here they've retired from Kent and is now

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live in a swanky flat in the former athletes village.

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6000 people live in a 3000 new homes here.

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Incredible place to live, it really is

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And there's just so many things to do and a variety of

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There's a lot of young people here, which keeps you young.

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Outside the park, things are different.

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It's from the top of this building that

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the BBC broadcast throughout the Olympics.

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It's just a few hundred yards from the site.

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This is what is frustrating some local people.

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There isn't much sign of any regeneration

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There used to be hundreds of people living here.

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Now most of the flats are boarded up.

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For jobs, absolutely, we've helped 34,000

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In terms of housing, yes, the houses are not enough, they're too

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And actually, you have to lay the blame squarely at the foot

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Government is not putting the money into housing that

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There was a ?28 million overspend on the stadium

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last year and it cost 323 million to convert it for football.

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The orbit made a profit of just over ?200,000,

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but had a new ?3.5 million slide pitted and has a ?12 million loan

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The aquatic centre was subsidised to the tune of ?1.4

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million, which is expected to continue for many years.

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And the Copper Box lost over ?800,000 last

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I think it is true to say it's the only games that has really

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provided a long-term legacy, providing a transformation in the

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That is because it was planned for from the beginning.

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The Olympics was the catalyst that has transformed

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How successful it's been depends on your perspective.

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Well that's the legacy for London, but what about that all

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The promise that helped win the bid for London.

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A key legacy aim was to increase grassroots participation and to

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encourage the whole population to be more physically active.

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In most sports, weekly participation hasn't

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Among the biggest drops have come in swimming, with 757,000 fewer

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people taking part every week, and football, down by more than 170

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Some, including those who run the Tower Hamlets youth sport

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foundation, blame a lack of investment at grassroots level.

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They say they're being forced out of business after the council

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Its most appalling, when some of the most

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deprived children in the country, like the children of Tower Hamlets,

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have these opportunities take away from them.

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Tower Hamlets Council insist it remains committed to

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ensuring young people have access to sport.

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On Sunday, former London 2012 chief Lord Coe was asked to what

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extent he blamed the failure to boost participation on government

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decisions to cut sports budgets in schools.

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I don't actually, because for the first couple of years after

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the games I was involved with legacy work in this area.

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In fact, we found between 150-200,000,000 goes into

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More people are running than ever before, more

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Athletics up by 864000 and cycling up by 264,000 are among

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the few sports that have seen a rise in participation.

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So how has athletics made the leap from Olympic

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At Lea Valley athletics club, they felt

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It can be accessed by anybody, whether they

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are rich, poor, what background you come from.

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It's got so many different disciplines within it.

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Whether you want to be a sprinter, long runner or Thrower.

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London Olympic gold medallist Katherine

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Grainger is the new chair of UK sport.

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It funds elite athletes based on their medal prospects.

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Many say that model needs change for the

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Do we want to look at a wide approach that actually maybe we'll

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But support more sports but he won't be as

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That is constantly going to be looked at.

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There is a big review coming up next year.

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For some, sacrificing Olympic glory for

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greater grass-roots opportunity will feel like a price worth paying.

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Well our reporter Caroline Davies has been looking a the Olympic

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Caroline, so the Olympics cost a lot more than was planned and we're

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That's true, there is still a large amount of money being ploughed into

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the Olympic Park as we saw in that piece. Let's take one part of that,

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the stadium. It's been converted into West Ham's homeground but the

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conversion costs are much more than was estimated that the Mayor of

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London has commissioned a report to look into it, we'll find out in the

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early autumn. What about people who live in East London has it changed

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their lives? We spoke to an academic who specialises in analysing that.

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She says the East Village have been a success but has been replicated

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across the rest of East London. You have this fantastic facility in the

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park and if you go across the road you see lots of people living in

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quite difficult conditions. The homelessness has gone up in this

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area significantly. It always has had one of the highest waiting lists

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in the country and continues to have high levels of housing need, so you

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have those two worlds and we need much more Easter villages. What

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about the sporting legacy? No doubt London is a fantastic place to host

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any sporting occasion but the real concern is getting people out on a

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sporting fields, into swimming pools, so we might see a change to

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funding next year. Onto the rest of the day's news now

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and it's been revealed the Grenfell Tower is unlikely to be

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demolished untill the end of next year-

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but, within the next few weeks, the building is to be covered

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in protective plastic wrapping. Scaffolding will also be put up,

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to help forensic teams, as they continue their investigation

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into the fire. If you were living close

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to Grenfell Tower the night it burned, you probably want to forget

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what you saw. When I seen the building,

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I see some mother throw his baby When mother shout, I'll die,

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but try to live my son. I'm on the 19th floor

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of a neighbouring tower block. Every morning, residents

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here and in a neighbouring blocks wake up to what is still a horrific

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and extensive crime scene. You can still see forensic teams

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poring through debris From mid-August the building

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is going to get a protective That will begin the process

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of taking it down. In terms of recovery,

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by putting the scaffolding around we can put a lift on the building

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and that lift, as I said earlier, allows us to take some of that

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material, nearly 15 tonnes, on each floor, down

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the side of the building. It also helps the criminal

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investigation because we're having a scaffolding and the wrap around

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it, enabling us to take some of the panels on the outside

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of the building, they can be taken Earlier, a memorial service for five

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of the Grenfell victims at a church More pain and more tears for those

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this tragedy spared. It's time for me to wish

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you goodnight, I'll leave you with Jay Wynne

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who has the weather. Good evening. This is the view from

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one of our weather watchers about 4:30pm. Atrocious conditions. About

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an hour later not far away from Old Street at the Barbican resort patchy

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cloud and sunshine coming through, so it was one of those days of sunny

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spells and sharp showers. We'll start tomorrow on a pretty

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reasonable note, bright start that will turn increasingly cloudy as the

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day goes on. Still a risk of the odd shower in the next few hours but I

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suspect most of us will be fine and dry overnight with variable cloud,

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clear spells coming and going and by the end of the night not

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particularly cold. 12, 13, maybe 14 degrees first thing. A bright start

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of the day, some spells of sunshine. Catch yourself lucky if you catch a

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shower tomorrow because most will be bright and dry in the morning but

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through the afternoon cloud will increase with the risk of rain later

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on probably into the early part of the evening. Top temperature around

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19, 20, 21 degrees. Looking ahead to Saturday, start on a reasonable note

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but there will be wetter weather later. Through Sunday and Monday

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but there will be wetter weather later. Through Sunday and Monday it

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looks dry and bright. Here is Darren with the national picture.

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Not the sort of whether we'd hoped for at this time of year. It's still

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warm in the sun does come out. This was a weather watcher picture sent

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from Fife. We seems angry looking clouds today. Here's one of them,

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it's brought heavy rain, heavy showers. We had some of those

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earlier today across Scotland, recently they've affected

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Lincolnshire. In the last few hours across

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