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Olympic legacy chief Moylan steps down to take on airport role

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Daniel Moylan has stepped down as chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation just three months into the role

The former Kensington and Chelsea council deputy leader will instead lead London mayor Boris Johnson’s review of airport capacity in the South East.

Johnson will in turn replace Moylan as chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, with responsibiolity for overseeing the park’s post-games regeneration.

The mayor said: ‘Daniel Moylan is a gifted politician with a superb brain. I’ve asked Daniel to take on one of the most important challenges of my second term, the vital task of driving our aviation policy.

‘London is the heartbeat of the UK’s economy. We must remain competitive, and to do that we need a coherent aviation strategy for 21st century London. Daniel Moylan will help me deliver that.’

Moylan said: ‘I have worked with Boris for two years now to bring London’s pressing need for a new hub airport to the top of the political agenda. The 2012 Games have shown that Britain can deliver major projects better than anyone if it has the will to do so.  A new hub airport to the east of London would be the greatest legacy we could create for London and the country at large. That is why I have accepted the Mayor’s invitation to put the majority of my time into aviation. The time for action is now and we need to bring the Government round to that view.

‘I have had the huge privilege of chairing the Legacy Corporation for the last three months, working with its dedicated staff and getting to know the fantastic, enthusiastic and wonderful people of Stratford and the nearby areas. I give up the post with a heavy heart, but knowing that, alongside aviation, the Mayor intends to make this one of the great priorities of his second term and is demonstrating this by taking the Chairmanship of the Legacy Corporation himself.

‘London is moving east and Stratford and the surrounding areas have a wonderful future.’

In June this year Moylan became chair of the legacy company, replacing Labour peer Margaret Ford who had held the position since 2009. Prior to the appointment Moylan spent four years as deputy chair of Transport for London.

Tom Holbrook of 5th Studio said: ‘The Lower Lea is incredibly complex landscape - both physically, and in terms of the myriad agencies and social interactions involved in cementing an Olympic legacy. Constant change in command does not help, and creates yet another lacuna just when action is required to capture the catalytic effect of the games. 

‘While the Mayor’s power and influence will be welcome, he will need someone with a deep understanding of the situation, who can deal with the subtle, detailed fabric of the valley and get under the skin of how to make good things happen.’

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