I’m on the fence about the plans for Greenwich Park to be an Olympic venue – I’m proud to see the old girl selected, but very worried about some of the rumours I’ve heard about the damage it may cause and lengthy closures of all or part of the park.
Unfortunately, the lack of decent independent local media in Greenwich, and the bad joke that is London’s regional media means it’s hard to know what the truth is.
On one side, the Evening sub-Standard, forever looking for scare stories about the tiniest thing. On the other, the bullshit machine that is Greenwich Council, publishing ludicrous stories in its propaganda rag Greenwich Time assuring us that everything will be alright.
I suspect the Stunted won’t be happy unless the Olympics are a disaster, and Greenwich Council would quite happily allow all of the park to be concreted over if it meant their leader got his face on the news. Of course, I exaggerate, but neither party is bringing anything worthwhile to the debate.
It doesn’t help when the BBC’s local news service for London leads its report on a basketball arena that doesn’t even exist yet, either. (South of the river? Where is that again?)
But with a whole one day’s notice comes news that the Olympic organisers will be in the Pavillion Tea Rooms on Friday (tomorrow) and Saturday from 10am-4pm to talk to people and explain what’s happening. I’m not quite sure who they expect to attract during a working day, but that’s “consultation” for you.
Secondly, there’s a public meeting at the Indigo venue inside the Dome/O2 on the evening of Tuesday 4th December to discuss the plans for the Olympic venues in Greenwich borough. If you want to go, you need to register for tickets here.
If you can, go. Like the Greenwich Phantom says – whatever happens, they can’t be allowed to get away with damaging our park.