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Tessa Jowell gets 2012 message from East End’s youth

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 05 October 2010

TEENAGERS from the 2012 Olympic host boroughs have drawn up a manifesto of what they want for the future of East London after the Games. Their manifesto’ was presented to Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell by the Legacy Now’ youth panel

By Mike Brooke

TEENAGERS from the 2012 Olympic host boroughs have drawn up a manifesto of what they want for the future of East London after the Games.

Their 'manifesto' which calls for "inclusive communities" with job opportunities was presented to Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell by the 'Legacy Now' youth panel.

It outlined transport links, youth activities, job and educational opportunities as being key to the area's regeneration.

The Panel, which comprises of 25 teenagers from the five host boroughs, is run by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to offer youngsters a voice in planning for the Olympic site after the 2012 Games.

Tower Hamlets panel member Juhell Amin, 16, from George Green's Sixthform on the Isle of Dogs, said: "The panel has broadened the horizons for so many of us. It has been a great experience."

Its young members have also been visiting schools to get other youngsters involved.

The Legacy Company's chief, Andrew Altman, said: "Ultimately it is this generation which will benefit from the 25-year legacy of the Olympic Park, so it is vital we involve them from the start."

The Legacy Company was set up in May by the Government and Mayor of London as a public sector not-for-profit organisation responsible for the long-term planning, development, management and maintenance of the Olympic Park after 2012.


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