Interesting post here from The Greenwich Phantom. Seems my suggestion for tracking the fences with a GPS mapper may not have been totally paranoid, as LOCOG may already be fencing off areas that they promised not to touch.
Nothing on the NOGOE 2012 site about this yet, though…
Here’s a list of recommended links about the Olympic Planning meeting held tonight in Woolwich Town Hall.
UPDATE: Greenwich Council have voted to allow the equestrian events to go ahead. Ten votes for, and two against.
Up to the minute tweets from AdamBienkov and Darryl1974, pints of Guinness notwithstanding…. Conservative councillor for Eltham Nigel Fletcher also present, but not tweeting currently. Also nothing on the NOGOE twitterfeed since 2pm.
Grauniad article London Olympics row over Greenwich Park role reaches climax talking about the people and organisations involved.
Greenwich Green Party article written by Darryl1974 (rightly) criticising the appalling Greenwich Time “newspaper”.
David Starkey’s letter to The Times, as also mentioned on the NOGOE website.
My view? The Olympics in Greenwich are inevitable. It will go ahead. If a million people walking through the streets of London can’t stop the Iraq War (yes, I’m looking at you Nick Raynsford), then a few angry locals can’t stop the Olympics from knocking down some trees in the park. But I’m not suggesting that these actions are pointless. Thanks to these protests, officials will now have to treat the park and the heath with additional respect, and will have to work harder to prove the benefits to the local community than they otherwise would have.
He’s out there in the middle of the traffic island most Saturdays. If you agree with what he’s saying (and you really should), then please go and sign his petition.
I think it’s great that he’s standing up (sitting down) for what he believes in. It reminds me that older people are becoming a serious political threat as the population ages – lots of spare time, combined with their cheap travel around the UK (which may or may not be bankrupting local councils!) is a potent combination.
Just a reminder – this is not Nimbyism – this is about preventing the destruction of some of the oldest and most historic parkland in the UK. (If there was a serious proposal to stick some wind farms up on the heath, the Bugle would be all in favour!)
You can find more info on the NOGOE website – http://www.nogoe2012.com/
We’ve talked about this before – Save Greenwich Park on Facebook, and Not One Tree.
You can also protest directly to the people in charge:
Seb Coe Chairman LOCOG
London 2012 One Churchill Place Canary Wharf London E14 5LN firstname.lastname@example.org
Boris Johnson Mayor of London
City Hall, London SE1 2AA email@example.com
Tessa Jowell MP Minister for the Olympics
House of Commons, London SW1A 0A
Lord Moynihan Chairman British Olympic Association
1 Wandsworth Place London SW18 1EH