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UCL Study: Hackney Marsh - Catalyst for Social Cohesions and Transformative Changes

Collaborative study by a group of masters’ students, mostly international, taking the MSc Environment and Sustainable Development at the Development Planning Unit – University College London.

The study, based on fieldwork undertaken in 2008, set out to

"establish the experiences, needs and expectations regarding the access to, use and appropriation of the green spaces, specifically Hackney Marshes, by the communities in the Hackney Wick Estate and Surroundings. Furthermore, we wanted to determine how the changes brought by the 2012 Olympic Games could affect the possibility of enhancing environmental justice and social inclusion in the use of the Hackney Marsh."

Based on their research it seems that the £10m being spent on redevelopment of the Marshes is unlikely to provide much of value for this part of the local community, and that the changes have been mismanaged

"It became apparent that current plans for the area and planned changes introduced as part of the Legacy of the Olympic Games will not sufficiently enhance environmental justice and social inclusion in the use of the Marsh and will not meet the expectation of the residents in the Hackney Wick area"

"Communities in Hackney Wick are directly affected by the physical erection of the Olympic Games. Many communities in these areas also appear to be current non-users of the Marsh, and are not expecting to benefit from the Legacy changes to the Marshes, and so will not be benefiting from the allocation of compensation for their environmental burdens."

"Barriers and feelings of disempowerment appear to have been enhanced by the current management of the Olympics, particularly in the sale of common land to the LDA without public participation and the apparent tokenistic level of participation in consultation process"


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