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Eastway Cyclists sold short by ODA

Letter to the East London Advertiser

THE Olympics Development Agency has missed yet more deadlines for relocating our cycle circuit at Hackney Wick which closed last November.

London's 2012 Olympics has been nothing but a total loss for road-race, time-trial and mountain-bike cross-country that we used to do so successfully at Eastway.

Our young hopefuls persist in their aspirations, but without a proper facility it is difficult to keep them on the pathway that Lord Seb Coe (2012 Olympics chairman) and his friends say they know so much about.

Now we don't know when the relocated track will open. We never did get the promised 'interim circuit' in Docklands. We were promised a 34-hectare site as a 'legacy' afterwards, which is now down to less than 10 (and that includes a large velodrome and BMX that come with the Games).

What really worries us is that we had a site protected by Metropolitan open land status which has been taken from us on the promise of a replacement after 2012, supported by planning conditions that are now seemingly ignored by the development agency.

The agency's latest planning application is for high-density housing that would take its 'open space' requirement from the new velopark, as well as eating into a large part of the Eastway site we used.

This is a complex and sometimes murky issue. But thank you to the East London Advertiser for coverage given so far.

Michael Humphreys, Chairman

Eastway Users Group, Hackney Wick

From: 2012 Olympics has already robbed us of our cycle racing, Letters, East London Avertiser, 17 10 07

Source: ELA letters

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