University of East London student accomodation evictions due to the Olympic Bid

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A correspondent writes:

"Students are being required to leave the Park Village estate at Clays Lane, Stratford, the site of the proposed Olympic Village, by June 19th so that the LDA can take vacant possession at the end of July 2005.

The University of East London says it intends to change the locks on the houses on that date even though the Union's legal adviser says this is illegal.

The LDA says it intends to demolish the estate in the autumn of 2005 if London wins the bid.

However, the rest of the site will not be available for construction for another two years.

The University does not have enough accommodation for its students
so in the autumn many will be forced onto the private market. A perfectly good housing estate will be levelled while an existing population of students needs it.

If London does not win the bid then the LDA will seek to lease the
estate to an agent to manage it, possibly the University! So the University could be back managing the estate in a few weeks having evicted its students..

The decision on the Olympics will be taken on July 6th. At present there are no discussions going on between the LDA and the University about the future of the estate should London not win the bid. Some students will be in the middle of exams when the notice to quit expires and others, particularly foreign postgraduates, will be completing courses. They call this education!"

The University of East London already seems to have a track record of dubious bulding programmes.

Who exactly is making money out of this speculative property deal ? How much will the taxpayer be stung for ?


dear mayor, im posting this comment becouse i feel very srong about the topic on closing whipps cross hospital
i was born in this hospital and when ever i have needed medical help i have always visited whipps cross and many of my friends also use whipps cross.
i understand that you have no more money for the funding of this hospital.
but closing the hospital will not be a good decision.
as many will have to travel to hackney or any place closer to walhamforest.
by the time some one will reach to a hospital they might be dead. why would u want to put lifes in risk.
please do somthink about this issue
i am a very concerned 13 years old.
closing the hospital down will affect the lives of those around me and my family to
please getback to me

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