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Olympic legacy plans threatened by 'funding gap'

Regeneration activities planned for the Olympic Park site will only be able to go ahead if millions of pounds of additional funding is set aside, according to a report published today.

The report from the London Assembly's Regeneration Committee warns that community events could be cut if extra funding is not secured.

It argues that the Mayor should set aside at least £12m more funding for the London Legacy Development Corporation between 2015 and 2017 to ensure the planned activities go ahead.

New look Aquatics Centre unveiled

The new look Aquatics Centreat Olympic Park is being unveiled today, after work was completed installing628 panes of glass on the outside of it.

The new look Aquatics Centre Credit: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

However it won't be open to the public until Spring, when construction inside the complex wraps up.

The centre will host next year's World Diving Series and the 2016 European Swimming Championships.

Big day in the transformation of the Olympic Park

Newham's Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: "This is an important milestone in transforming the Stadium into one of London and the nation's premier destination venues and a home for sport and entertainment for years to come.

"Newham is committed to ensuring a lasting legacy that will enable us to support residents into jobs in such an inspirational place, provide tickets to big events as a reward for those who put something back into our community, and fire the ambition of our young people to take up sport."

Newham Council Chief Executive Kim Bromley-Derry with Dennis Hone of the London Legacy Development Corporation Credit: Press Association

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Cranes in position ready to take Olympic lights away

The main stadium in Stratford which played host to the London 2012 Olympic Games is about to change shape. The triangular floodlights are being taken away. The delicate process should have begun today, but was delayed by the weather.

Heavy lifting cranes sit idle at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium Credit: Press Association
Today's damp, cloudy weather delayed the removal of the first floodlight panels Credit: Press Association
It's part of work to transform the stadium into a multi-use venue and the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club Credit: Press Association

Finding home for 9/11 sculpture 'incredibly difficult'

We backed the 9/11 project when the sculpture first came to Battersea but finding a permanent home for it has proved incredibly difficult, whether it be opposition from Boroughs or bureaucrats. Clearly this can't continue.

As a result I've asked my team to find a permanent home for the sculpture on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Park was home to a Games based on tolerance, harmony and respect, and will soon be home to a massive multi-dimensional and vibrant community - the perfect riposte to those who sought to divide the world on 9/11.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
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