London Mayor Ken Livingstone has today congratulated the London Development Agency for completing the assembly of all the land required for the Olympic Park ready on time and budget for handover to the Olympic Delivery Authority in two days time.
Over the past three years the LDA has acquired in excess of 2,200 land and property interests spread across an area equivalent to London’s Hyde Park as secured the future of 4,750 jobs that were on the site.
The agency has been responsible for relocating 208 businesses, 425 residents, 35 traveler families, 64 allotment holders and the entire Eastway Cycle Circuit.
Mr Livingstone praised what he called “a truly fantastic achievement” adding “with the world watching and many cynics predicting failure and that the 2012 Games would be jeopardized the London Development Agency worked professionally and steadily to assemble the land needed for the 2012 Games on time and budget.”
“They must be particularly credited for their foresight in forging relationships with businesses and the community twelve months before we even knew we were going to host the 2012 Games and at the same time starting work on the new business parks for the firms to relocate to.”