Your recent item on the proposed Olympics bid (AJ 24.4.03) gives an inaccurate impression of Leaside Regeneration's position and the London Development Agency's proposals.
Over the past three years we have given strong practical and public support to a bid because we believe local communities will benefit greatly if the Olympics are staged in east London.
Towards the end of last year the LDA and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned Leaside Regeneration to contribute to the production of a comprehensive regeneration framework for the Lower Lea Valley. To develop this work, the LDA has established an excellent working partnership between the boroughs, local regeneration companies and other stakeholders.
This partnership now has a golden opportunity to make an Olympic bid successful. The challenge is to ensure that a successful bid, and the bidding process itself, complements and enhances existing regeneration plans, but that an unsuccessful bid does not blight them. It is against this background that the LDA has launched the 'twin approach' design competition with our full involvement and support.
There are tough challenges ahead, which will require intelligence and flexibility from us all.
The body of work we have already produced together and the excellent working relationships we have developed with each other and with local communities will give us a flying start.
Paul Bracknell, chief executive, Leaside Regeneration, London