Danny Boyle switches on Christmas lights at East London Land Trust site

PUBLISHED: 00:01 13 December 2012

Olympic ceremony director Danny Boyle is switching on Christmas lights tonight (Thurs) in London’s East End at Britain’s first-ever urban community land trust development.

A 15ft red Christmas bow is being fix to the front of the old St Clement’s Hospital site at Mile End, in the Olympic ‘host’ borough of Tower Hamlets, which he lights up at 8.30pm.

It symbolizes the ‘gift’ of the site to the East End, where homes are to be built at a-quarter of London property market prices—but the land is retained for future generations.

Proposals for St Clement’s are also being unveiled by the new East London Land Trust at Bow Road Methodist Church nearby at 7pm, before the Christmas lighting.

The plans are based on suggestions by 350 members of the public and go before Tower Hamlets council for approval in the spring. The project gets under way in 2014.

The trust was granted the six-acre site—once a Victorian workhouse—by London Mayor Boris Johnson in October, following a 10-year campaign by London Citizens.

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