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Quango cull: Olympic Park Legacy Company to be 'rebadged'

The Olympic Park Legacy Company is to have all its powers devolved to the Mayor of London and ‘reconstituted as a Mayoral Development Corporation’

The government announced the shake-up this morning (14 October) as it unveiled the abolition of 192 quasi non-governmental organisations. The news comes just days after the company unveiled a revised post-Games masterplan for the Olympics site in Stratford, east London.

The future of chief executive Andrew Altman, who was only selected last year by London Mayor Boris Johnson to oversee the huge redevelopment, is not yet known. However it is thought the reform and reconstitution programme could take up to a couple of years.

An Olympic Park Legacy Company spokesperson said: ‘There has been significant progress in discussions about the Olympic Park Legacy Company evolving into a Mayoral Development Corporation.

‘In the meantime, we are focused on our plans for the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to become a one of the UK’s top visitor attractions with commercial and job opportunities, a sporting legacy from the venues and the development of up to 11,000 new homes over 25 years.’

The government also confirmed the demise of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation with their responsibilities devolved to the ‘relevant local authority’.

Speaking last month when the proposed abolition of the Gateway development corporations were first leaked, Simon Allford of AHMM said: ‘With so many of the quangos I am not really sure what either do - which I suppose says something.

‘Though I have no doubt that strategic direction and thinking is required in London’s development, quangos rarely question whether they are needed or when their role, if it ever existed, has come to an end. Like all projects they should be set up with an end date in mind.’

Meanwhile the future of Sustainable Development Commission remains ‘under consideration’. The government said: ‘The future of the body is currently being considered in light of Defra’s decision to withdraw funding at end of 2010/11; as previously announced.’

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ARB saved but CABE still under review in mass quango cull

The ARB has survived the government’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’ while the future of CABE still hangs in the balance, according to a leaked list revealing 177 soon-to-be-abolished taxpayer-funded bodies

The list published in The Daily Telegraph this morning sheds light on the fate of hundreds quangos which since the coalition government’s election have been in limbo.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation will be axed - with their responsibilities devolved to the ‘relevant local authority’. The eight regional development agencies and the sustainable development commission will also be shut down, as previously reported.

English Heritage, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the National Heritage Lottery Firm will be merged. Both the Construction and Skills Training Board and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board will be privatised.

Meanwhile, CABE remains under review along with 94 other bodies including: Partnership for Schools, the Design Council, the Covent Garden Market Authority, Historic Royal Palaces and the National Museums and Galleries service.

The list spells out the abolition of 177 quangos while 350 will be saved. Under the plans 129 bodies will be merged into 57 and just 4 will be privatised. A total of 94 remain under review.

The Architects Registration Board (ARB), the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), London and Continental Railways and Royal Mail Holdings all survived.

Read the full list(s) here.

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