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Youth panel set up to plan lasting Olympic legacy after 2012

PUBLISHED: 14:17 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010

A YOUTH panel has been set up with teenagers from each of the five London Olympics boroughs to work with planners busy with long-term projects for East London long after the 2012 Games are over. Youngsters aged 14 to 19 are being offered the chance to get involved and plan for their own future

A YOUTH panel has been set up with teenagers from each of the five London Olympics boroughs to work with planners busy with long-term projects for East London long after the 2012 Games are over.

The plans include housing, parkland, schools, workspace, health and sporting facilities on the Olympic site at Stratford beyond 2012.

Youngsters aged 14 to 19 are being offered the chance by the London Development Agency to get involved and join the Youth panel to plan for their own future.

The agency’s Legacy development boss Gareth Blacker said: “It will be the young people who will look back in 40 years’ time and judge the true legacy of the 2012 Games.”

The LDA has teamed up with Fundamental, an architecture centre in East London, to set up and oversee the panel and to select teenagers with an interest in planning.

Its chief executive Nick Edwards explained: “They will be able to look back later in life and feel proud they played a role in shaping a whole new chunk of East London.”

Around 50 youngsters from the five boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest and Greenwich have already met planners to learn about the legacy’ project and the panel’s role. Half will eventually be selected for the panel which is to meet regularly until next summer.

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