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Doors to open in Olympic Village

ITV News has learnt that a deal is being done tonight which will mean people will finally be able to move into the former Olympic village.

We recently reported on the growing anger of families left without homes because of unexplained delays in getting tenants in.Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has been following the story.

First homes in East Village 'being handed over'

Firstly, we are very sorry that some residents have been delayed in being able to move into their homes.

We are delighted that the first homes in East Village are now being handed over to Triathlon Homes and this means that we are able to begin the major process of moving hundreds of residents in over the next few days and weeks.

We have an experienced team on standby in readiness for this great news and they will now doing everything possible to welcome residents into their new homes.

– Triathlon statement
  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Olympic village homes to be handed over tomorrow

The Olympic Delivery Authority says it will finally hand over 214 of the Olympic village homes to Triathlon tomorrow.

The handover to Triathlon Homes of their apartments and townhouses in the first part of East Village to be completed will take place tomorrow.

Building on the 129 market rental properties that have already been finished, this now brings the total number of homes handed over in the first two residential areas to 401, including 214 for Triathlon Homes.

We fully appreciate how frustrating these delays have been for families keen to move in to their new homes and regret this inconvenience, but we are pleased to have some good news for them today. East Village is a huge development with an unusually complex process for approving and handing over properties, involving multiple stakeholders, and which has taken longer than envisaged.

We have set the bar high in terms of quality inside and outside the 2,818 new homes, so we can be confident people will have a great experience living in East Village and that this will be an important part of the legacy of London 2012.

– Olympic Delivery Authority

New Olympic Park homes plan revealed

New detailed plans for homes on the former Olympic Park have been released for the first time. As they look to make the new neighbourhoods a reality with a development partner the London Legacy Development Corporation has given a first look at what the park might look like.

New Olympic Park homes plan revealed Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

The neighbourhoods of East Wick and Sweetwater will consist of up to 1,500 new homes, including much needed private rented housing and affordable homes.

The Legacy Corporation expects the first residents to move in at the end of 2016 with the development completed in 2023 six years ahead of the original masterplan.

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Positive steps in Paralympic legacy

One year on from the Paralympics a hundred organisations across London have pledged to get more disabled people into sport.

The Downs Syndrome Association is the latest charity to sign up to the Mayor's Inclusive and Active 2 scheme, aimed at making sport in the capital more accessible.

Since it's inception, the project has helped 25,000 disabled Londoners to get into sport.

Alongside this, a report by the charity Turning Point released today reveals that a third of Brits said the Paralympics helped them to have a more positive image of those with a learning disability.

Young Poet Laureate required!

The London Legacy Development Corporation is looking for 6 young poets Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The search has begun to find a young poet who will perform in and around the Olympic Park.

Aged between 18 and 25 and from London, they will become the London Legacy Development Corporation's Young Poet Laureate for a year and take part in several events.

This would include some big and little moments within the life of the area in Stratford, east London, as the Park reopens in phases a year after the London 2012 Games.

The work of the young poet should reflect "the changing capital" city, the LLDC said.

LLDC chief executive Dennis Hone said: "This programme is part of ambitious plans for arts and culture in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. It is our vision for east London to be a thriving cultural district, and the Park will play a key part in that transformation."

Applications are invited to become one of six young poets who will take part in events and workshops over the summer before the overall winner is named.

More information on the Young Poet Laureate for London can be found online at www.spreadtheword.org.uk.

Applications close on June 24.

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