Written evidence submitted by the London
Borough of Hackney
1.1 Hackney is one of the five host boroughs
for London 2012 with one third of the Games area based in the
1.2 The Council, led by Mayor Jules Pipe,
has a clear vision and set of priorities linked to the Olympics.
This involves helping to deliver a successful and memorable Games,
but most importantly, securing long-term benefits for Hackney
residents. From the time London won the bid, the Mayor of Hackney
has clearly set out his priorities for 2012, which is securing
a meaningful legacy benefit for Hackney; "The Games will
be great for Britain but my job is to ensure that they are great
for the people of Hackney, and will leave behind a legacy of lasting
1.3 Hackney Council has used the potential
legacy for 2012 as a key driver to help secure planned improvements
to transport infrastructure, and has successfully utilised the
Games to engage residents in sports and volunteering programmes.
1.4 Hackney is driving a major arts and
cultural legacy for the host boroughs through CREATE, which is
developing into an annual international festival based in east
1.5 Hackney has developed a joint legacy
vision for ambitious socio-economic transformation jointly with
the other host boroughs. The Strategic Regeneration Framework
has at its core the principle of convergence which states that
that within 20 years, the communities who host the 2012 Games
will have the same social and economic chances as their neighbours
across London. This will finally address the historic imbalance
in wealth between different parts of the Capital.
1.6 Hackney has strong working partnerships
with all the agencies essential to delivering the legacy. This
includes not just the Olympic Delivery Authority and LOCOG, but
bodies like the Homes and Communities Agency, London Development
Agency and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. The
Council is already working closely with the new Olympic Park Legacy
Company, with Mayor Jules Pipe sitting on the board.
2. ABOUT HACKNEY
2.1 Hackney is one of London's most exciting
boroughs, with a uniquely diverse population, rapidly improving
public services and a bright future as a host for London 2012.
The borough has more green space than any other inner London borough,
some of the capital's best leisure facilities, excellent schools,
and falling crime levels. It is home to some of the UK's most
deprived families, living side by side with increasingly educated
and affluent neighbours. A quarter of residents are under the
age of 19.
2.2 Hackney Council is ambitious, forward-looking
and well-run. It has recently been rated as performing well, with
recognised excellence in adult social care and exceptional performance
in its work to reduce infant mortality. Providing value for money
has been at the heart of the Council's agenda for a number of
years, and in the current climate Hackney has an outstanding record
on delivering efficiency savings and rapid service improvement.
Mayor Pipe has proposed a fifth successive year of Council Tax
freeze, making Hackney the only council in the UK to ever achieve
3. LEGACY OPPORTUNITIES:
3.1 The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
present an set of opportunities for Hackney, coming at a time
when the area has already been witnessing significant improvements
in the lives of its residents, driven forward by the local authority
and its partners. The 2012 Games have also presented Hackney Council
with challenges, including ensuring the protection of Hackney's
unique natural and built environment in the face of rapid development,
and working to ensure that the planned legacy benefits of the
2012 bid are realised.
3.2 To ensure Hackney gets the best from
the Games, Mayor Jules Pipe has established eight priorities for
Hackney in hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games:
better public transport;
skills, training and jobs for local people;
work for local business and enterprise;
improved facilities for sport and leisure;
a healthy active borough with more people
involved in sport and physical activity;
increasing levels of participation in
culture and the arts; and
promoting the borough as a great place
for living, working, visiting and investing.
3.3 An essential part of Hackney's 2012
programme has been to get residents involved, spreading ownership
of the Games, increasing positive opportunities and raising aspirations.
3.4 In 2009, Hackney was awarded Beacon
Status for outstanding work in using the opportunity of hosting
the 2012 Games to encourage communities to be more active. The
Council is focusing on four areas: increasing physical activity;
stimulating jobs, training and volunteering; encouraging involvement
in cultural programmes and developing community environment projects.
3.5 The press and broadcast centres have
the potential to be one of the most significant and transformative
legacy opportunities that the Games offer the borough. If this
potential is realised, it will help to establish an employment
hub and new metropolitan district at Hackney Wick in the east
of the borough, alongside the new parklands.
3.6 Economic Regeneration: A new neighbourhood
at Hackney Wick
Plans are gathering pace for a new neighbourhood
at Hackney Wick in the east of the borough on the edge of the
Olympic Park. It will be a major new centre for work, leisure
and housing, accommodating the thousands of jobs anticipated on
the media centres site. This is a huge opportunity brought about
by important infrastructure and facilities that will be inherited
from the Games. These include not only the International Broadcast
Centre and Main Press Centre buildings, but also Arena 3 (as a
multi-use sports venue), new road and bridge infrastructure and,
immediately to the south, a combined heat and power station.
The Main Press Centre (MPC) and International
Broadcast Centre (IBC), with 900,000 square feet of employment
space, provide the first-class communications connections necessary
to draw in media, creative and digital industries. The vision
for the area is a vibrant and stimulating place to live, work
and visit, with an attractive mix of housing catering for a range
of needs including families, strong public transport links, local
services and infrastructure, and excellent access to parkland,
open space and waterways.
Hackney Council has always recognised the centrality
of the media centres legacy to securing the long term prosperity
of Hackney Wick. The recession led to the loss of private investment
funding for the media centres which for a time threatened their
proposed permanence and location. Mayor Pipe lobbied the ODA and
Government effectively to ensure that the media centres stayed
in Hackney Wick as permanent buildings and campaigned for better
designs, which previously did not meet the needs of future tenants.
Social and economic regeneration
3.7 Hackney has worked closely with the
other four host boroughs since 2003 (Greenwich, Newham, Tower
Hamlets and Waltham Forest). Strong local partnerships are forming
within and between the boroughs as a direct result of hosting
the Olympics. This has resulted in a Multi Area Agreement to tackle
worklessness, improve housing and invest in the public realm across
the five host boroughs. Hackney has seen a significant rise in
its employment rate, which is now only 0.5% below the London average.
Whilst this is not directly attributable to the Games, there is
no doubt that the successful worklessness programmes led by the
local authority and its partners have benefited from the intensified
economic interest in the area.
3.8 In October 2009, the host boroughs agreed
the Strategic Regeneration Framework with the Mayor of London,
Olympics Minister and Secretary of State for Communities and Local
Government. This document outlines a shared vision that within
20 years the communities who host the 2012 Games will have the
same social and economic chances as their neighbours across London.
The sub-region accounts for the greatest cluster of deprivation
in England and Wales, and this ambitious goal aims to halt a century
of social decline with an immense pace of change.
4.1 Since the inception of the 2012 bid,
Hackney has had its eye firmly on the legacy potential of the
Games. The Council is building the firm foundations of local service
excellence, combined with a skilled and well educated local workforce.
This is essential to ensure the borough is best placed to take
advantage of the new economic landscape of east London, post 2012.
4.2 The Olympic Park will be the largest
urban park created in Europe for 150 years. The International
Broadcast Centre, Main Press Centre, Arena 3 (used for handball
during the Games) and the new Arena Fields are all sited in Hackney.
Arena 3 will become a multi-sports venue for the community in
2013. Significant areas of new green space will also be located
in Hackney within the Park, 28 acres of which will revert to Hackney's
4.3 The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
will create thousands of jobs in games time, but more importantly
we expect the new neighbourhood and opportunities left by the
Games to be the real driver for long term economic change. Hackney
residents and local businesses must get the chance to benefit
from these opportunities and the long-term benefits which we hope
will exist for years after the Games.
4.4 The improvements to the borough's transport
infrastructure, which has been historically poor, have been a
massive boost to enable the Council to actively promote easier
travel within and to the borough.
4.5 Before, during and after the Games,
the Council is promoting Hackney as a destination for investment
and a place where visitors can enjoy the borough's celebrated
theatres, galleries, arts scene, restaurants, cafes and extensive
parks and green spaces.
4.6 The following provide examples of the
legacy benefits happening now:
4.7 After years of campaigning, led by the
Mayor, the borough now has its first tube connection via the extension
of the East London Line. Hackney has new stations at Dalston,
Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch opening this year, and the link
will extend to Highbury and Islington by 2011. The expansion of
the East London Line and improvements to the North London Line
were planned before the 2012 bid was successful but since then
Hackney Council has been able to use 2012 to secure the timely
delivery of these and additional infrastructure improvements.
4.8 Funding has been secured for new cycle
and pedestrian routes into the Olympic Park, so that communities
are well connected to the new parks and sports facilities. Six
new bridges for cyclists and pedestrians are planned, with two
existing bridges being upgraded to support bus services. A 20
mile per hour zone will be maintained post Games in the park.
Jobs, business and skills
4.9 Over 400 people have been placed in
jobs through OnSite (Hackney's Jobs Brokerage), 80 with Olympic
contractors. Around 1,000 people have been given employment support.
The Games have stimulated more people to seek workwith
several thousand attendees at the 2012 Jobs Fairs.
4.10 Hackney Community Transport, a Hackney
social enterprise, won a contract from Bovis to provide a bus
service to transport workers and visitors around the Olympic Park.
4.11 Hackney Council is working with training
organisations like Skillset, the London Thames Gateway Development
Corporation and Hackney Community College, to make sure local
people can gain skills in media and IT, hospitality and catering,
and benefit from the media centres and a boosted visitor economy.
Participation and inclusion
Hackney has successfully harnessed the excitement
and local pride in being a host borough for 2012 and successfully
used the Games to promote sporting excellence, fitness and overall
4.12 Hackney has seen the highest number
of people graduate from the Personal Best volunteering programme,
with more than 220 graduates. Personal Best volunteers have been
involved with the International Olympic Committee visit to London
and handover events. Two volunteers now have jobs with the Olympic
Delivery Authority as guides for the Olympic Park.
4.13 In Hackney, 20 Youth Ambassadors have
been recruited and trained so they are able to communicate Games
related information to their peers in school, youth clubs and
other settings. They have contributed to the legacy planning process
and spoken to the International Olympic Committee.
4.14 To provide greater opportunities for
disabled and non disabled people to participate in sport inclusively,
the Council concentrated on developing five disabled sports. There
is now a dedicated sports club for boccia, swimming, athletics,
wheelchair basketball and goalball.
4.15 Case study: Sharon Jones Barnes:
Sharon Jones Barnes has been a wheelchair user
since 2007 after she suffered stroke and had a partial leg amputation.
As part of her physiotherapy, Sharon discovered a love of Badminton
and in June 2008 she started training. Success came quickly with
two silver medals at the Four Nations tournament. In March 2009,
Hackney Council's 2012 Unit secured funding for a sports wheelchair
which she says has really improved her game. Sharon won two gold
medals at the Devonshire Championships in June 2009, and has passed
her Level 1 Badminton Coach Assessment. Sharon is now lined up
to take part in international championships.
4.16 Hackney is one of the Capital's most
vibrant cultural and artistic places. The Games provides an opportunity
to promote attractions such as the Hackney Empire, Hackney Museum,
White Cube art gallery, Geffrye Museum and Sutton House.
4.17 Hackney has a vibrant economy in popular
areas such as Dalston, Hoxton, Stoke Newington, Hackney Wick,
Hackney Central and Shoreditch which is benefiting from host borough
4.18 The Council is working closely with
hotel developers and the hospitality industry to identify sites
for new hotels and related developments. Over 500 new hotel rooms
have been given planning permission.
5. USE AND
5.1 As one of only three landowners in the
Olympic Park, Hackney is aware of the exceptional asset that this
amenity will prove to be. The open space and waterways are features
that the Council believes will attract local, regional, national
and international visitors.
5.2 The Council is confident, through joint
sports development planning with the host boroughs, that the venues
will have full community use after the Games. These will be another
major local and regional asset.
5.3 Sport and recreation facilities are
not just limited to the Olympic Park itself. A parallel plan is
being developed for Hackney Marshesthe world famous home
of grassroots footballto the north of the Park. The Marshes
will benefit from improved facilities, including new pitches and
changing rooms, which will enable a wider range of sports, such
as cricket and rugby. The Council expanded the quality and scope
of the original £3 million programme, funded by the LDA in
a land use deal to facilitate the creation of the Olympic Park,
and worked to find £14 million of investment capital.
6. SPORTS PARTICIPATION
6.1 Hackney has seen a 43% increase in leisure
usage in the last two yearspredominantly as a result of
the reopening of Clissold Leisure Centre, the only leisure centre
in London to be rated as excellent, and London Fields Lido. This
increase is chiefly due to the huge improvements to local facilities,
alongside the creation of new facilities. The success of these
two high quality publicly-owned facilities in increasing participation
means that confidence is high for similar outcomes with Olympic
6.2 Hackney's Personal Bests scheme uses
sports associated with the Olympics to enthuse and encourage individuals
to try, take part and improve. The accompanying message is "be
the best you can be." It has been hugely successful with
schools (see below) and the same approach is undertaken with older
people in the New Age Gamesover 200 people took part in
6.3 Grassroots sports participation: Personal
Personal Bests aims to raise awareness of the
2012 Games and tackle the prevalence of childhood obesity in Hackney.
This is done through increasing participation in physical activities
and providing information on ways to live a healthier lifestyle.
Children try a series of Olympic and Paralympic
based athletic disciplines. At the end of the first session the
children set their baseline scores and they continue to compete
again their own personal best scores. Each school holds a Personal
Bests final. The scoring system rewards improvement rather than
excellence alone. This removes some of the direct competition
and the individual pressure that can have a detrimental effect
to less naturally talented athletes; however, as everyone receives
a score, the competitive element is maintained.
The six boys and girls that show the greatest
levels of improvement are selected to represent their school at
the Personal Best Finals against the other participating schools.
The scoring system enables the programme to be fully inclusive,
with both disabled and non-disabled children competing against
From January to July 2010, 37 schools will take
part in Personal Bests (up from 26 in 2008-09) including five
special schools, a pupil referral unit and an independent Muslim
school. In 2009, 280 children attended the finals; 72% of participants
had not represented their school before.
Other elements of the programme include after
schools clubs, workbooks and teaching materials, a classroom lesson
with Paralympian Dervis Konuralp and the young Leaders Award qualification
course. The programme is funded by Hackney's Local Strategic Partnership,
Team Hackney, and delivered by the borough's 2012 Unit. Equipment
is supplied by the 2012 Unit, which the schools keep to encourage
7. CULTURAL LEGACY
7.1 Hackney is the lead borough for culture
among the five host boroughs, which are home to the largest cultural
quarter in Europe. Over 12,000 artists are based in the area alongside
a growing number of leading creative companies and cultural institutions,
iconic arts venues and an extraordinary range of communities.
7.2 The boroughs have been working together
to deliver an annual arts festival, CREATE, with leading venues
and cultural organisations including national bodies such as the
BBC and the newly formed Cultural Olympiad Committee.
7.3 A cultural legacy: CREATE
With CREATE, the host boroughs aim to develop
the UK's next major international arts festivala legacy
that will have a lasting impact on the cultural life of London
and the UK. The CREATE partnership extends to developing a range
of year-round arts activity
CREATE 09 attracted audiences of over 822,000,
provided opportunities for 220,000 people to actively participate
in events and contributed £15 million to the east London
economy. Nearly £600,000 in new funding was secured by the
Host Boroughs Unit to support the festival.
As the lead host borough for culture, Hackney
will be highly involved in expanding CREATE to become a national
festival in 2012. £6 million has already been raised to support
this work which will see major outdoor cultural events across
the country as well as the host boroughs.
A new company structure is now being developed
to help sustain this success and ensure a future for CREATE beyond
7.4 Leading on from CREATE, the host boroughs
are also the lead partner for CREATE Outdoors (the Festival of
Carnivals), one of the Major Projects of the Cultural Olympiad.
Hackney chairs the national programme board which includes LOCOG
and the Cultural Olympiad Committee. This is an opportunity to
build a legacy of mass participatory outdoor events. Hackney and
the host boroughs area, as noted above, have an abundance of artistic
and creative talent, as well as a potential audience of 1.25 million
7.5 As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the
second Hackney One Carnival took place in September 2009, with
7,500 residents and visitors lining the streets to watch the procession
and enjoying events in Hackney Downs Park. More than 850 performers
from 16 carnival groups took part.
8.1 Hackney has developed a sophisticated
set of indicators and outputs for measuring the success and sustainability
of legacy goals. This encompasses a wide variety of social and
economic issue including:
Increased levels of physical activity
in Hackney and enhanced sense of well-being (social, physical
and psychological) among young people and older people.
Trainees in Olympic (Local Employment
and Training Framework) funded programmes entering employment.
Number of Hackney residents receiving
skills training which would not have taken place without the Games.
120,000 square metres of high quality
business accommodation inherited from the Olympics.
A minimum of 3,000 jobs created under
A fully occupied digital media employment
hub on the site of the press and broadcast centres.
Appropriate road, rail, bus, pedestrian
and cycling routes into the Olympic Park.
An unbroken area of open parkland, adaptable
for a range of activities, to the north of the park owned by Hackney
and host to a variety of habitats.
Mixed tenure housing developments which
meet the needs of the borough.
9.1 East London has long been undergoing
a process of regeneration and economic growth, particularly in
Hackney with its place at the heart of the capital on the City
fringes, and as the home of London's creative and digital media
9.2 Underpinned by rapidly improving public
services, Hackney's economic growth has taken on a momentum, which
has been intensified by the prospect of the 2012 Games. The Games
has served to focus and accelerate regeneration efforts, but we
expect the real lasting legacy to be the creation of the new neighbourhood
around the Olympic Park, bringing thousands of homes and jobs
and physically transforming an area previously blighted by brownfield
9.3 Hackney has successfully used the Games
to engage local people and to boost participation in sports, and
has campaigned to ensure that the media centre legacy can offer
the best possible chance for long term opportunity. The borough
is already beginning to feel the benefits of positive association
with the Games. Hackney Council will continue to work to ensure
that the full promise of 2012 is delivered.