Why Do I Get A Feeling This Is Just In Time?

The ‘Indy’ waxes rhapsodic about plans for the Olympic village now all the hoo-ha has died down:

The future of the vast Olympic media centre remains uncertain until the iCITY consortium, proposing a “digital cluster”, can convince the Mayor it has enough tenants to create the 4,500 skilled jobs pledged to the taxpayer in return for meeting the £330m cost of building the facility.

Who’ll take those jobs?

The basketball arena will soon vanish — its fabric skin is being peeled back by abseilers — to clear the site for Chobham Manor, the first of five new neighbourhoods, with 850 homes.

In contrast to the adjacent high-rise Olympic Village, which will have its first tenants in late summer, Chobham Manor will comprise low-rise terrace homes, one in five of them for families. Children will attend Chobham Academy, and use an adventure playground by the designers of the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.

Who’ll live in those homes?

The park is already well connected by Tube and rail, but the opening of Waterden Road in May will improve links for motorists. This north-south route through the middle of the site will allow traffic to turn off the A12 and drive through to Westfield shopping centre, and beyond to Stratford High Street. The tree-lined road could also be a case study for the Mayor’s bike revolution, as there will be segregated lanes for cyclists, pedestrian-friendly low kerbs, and a 20mph speed limit.

Who’ll use that public transport?

7 comments for “Why Do I Get A Feeling This Is Just In Time?

  1. March 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    It’s like a circus.

  2. meltemian
    March 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I still think we missed a trick here, we should have made the Olympic Village into lodgings for all our MP’s who need to claim for staying in London while attending Parliament.
    Think how much the country could save in ‘expenses’!!

  3. john in cheshire
    March 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

    JuliaM, ‘who will live in those homes’? You’re perfectly correct – immigrants. The invasion of our country will never end until all the current people in power; that is, the civil service, all the quangos and the Houses of Parliament; have been removed from those positions where they can perpetrate this devastation. The problem is I don’t see that actually happening. But someone needs to tell the millions of immigrants here now and those who are planning to come, that they shouldn’t unpack because they won’t be staying forever.

  4. AndrewWS
    March 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    You’re presupposing that none of the houses and flats will be sold on the open market and bought by the indigenous or long-established. Not to mention the ones that will be allocated to housing associations serving a wide variety of people.

    • Nick
      March 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      No AndrewWs dear, they’ll all go to immigrants. The sheer demographic of London guarantees this.

      • mona
        March 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        True so true, the bedroom tax will see-off any indigenous because they dont feel the need to have ten kids, cant wait for Jan when the Roma start the next invasion,white flight where to?

        • Furor Teutonicus
          March 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

          What do Roma need houses for?

          What don’t they understand about fucking Gypsy?

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