Consultation on trading around London 2012

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The department for culture, media and sport has launched a consultation on the regulations on advertising activity and trading in open public places around Olympic and Paralympic events during the 2012 Games. They are interested in the views of all those affected by the regulations but in particular traders, advertisers, local businesses and residents.

The consultation sets out proposals on the management of advertising and trading in open spaces within a few hundred metres around the Olympic and Paralympic venues and road race routes. They will apply for a limited time when competition in the venue is taking place.

The measures we are proposing are in line with those used at all Olympics since Sydney 2000, said Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson. They aim to strike the right balance between preventing unauthorised advertising and trading that damage the rights of the sponsors, and enabling businesses to operate as usual.

It is a requirement of the International Olympic Committee host city contract that measures are in place to prevent ambush marketing and unauthorised trading at Games time.

The consultation runs from 7 March to 30 May 2011.

Business and Tourism Day Seminar

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The Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey is hosting a Business and Tourism Day Seminar on Wednesday 16 March 2011 from 7:30am to 8pm.

This event will provide inspiration, ideas, and support to take advantage of the business opportunities, created around Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross by The Lee Valley White Water Centre, the finest white water centre in the world; and The London 2012 Olympic Games Canoe Slalom Events being held there. There are opportunities to bring investment, business and jobs into the area.

The London 2012 Games and its Legacy

    Seminar options include:

  • How to use the press to promote your business activities and events
  • How to use social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your business or activities
  • An economic development study is being undertaken that will look at how the Lee Valley White Water Centre can be used to create a leisure destination. This is an opportunity to voice your opinions on what you feel will improve the area, as a leisure destination, and for your business
  • Why is branding important and how can businesses work together to maximises customer demand`. A brainstorming session on how to brand an area
  • How to win Olympic contracts through `Compete for`
  • Planners, machines or human beings. When do you need planning permission, how do you apply, what is the process and how do you increase your chances of your application being approved

Book your seminars online

Olympic Legacy – White Water Centre

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The first positive signs of a legacy, which the 2012 Olympics could provide for Waltham Abbey, were unveiled when Andy Goodsell, the British Canoe Union`s (BCU) Competition Manager met with members of Waltham Abbey Town Partnership and outlined the details of the BCU`s bid to stage the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships at the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

The ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will provide an olympic legacy for the White Water Centre

In his introduction to the members of Town Partnership, representing local businesses, organizations that contribute to the town`s tourist industry and all levels of local government, Andy spoke enthusiastically about the centre and provided a superb introduction to the background to the bid and the advantages that its success could bring to Waltham Abbey.

He provided members with a detailed breakdown of the costs that a successful bid would incur and outlined the source of some of the sponsorship that would need to be secured. He also made it clear that local sponsorship, large and small and in kind, too, would be a valuable source of support from local business and the community. 

In conclusion, the discussion moved to the outline of the long term benefits that the bid could bring to the UK,and to our area in particular. Locally this could be in the region of £1.5m: a tremendous contribution to the local economy.

Following the meeting Tony O`Connor Chairman of the WATP tourism group and Manager of Epping Forest District Council`s Museum in Waltham Abbey, said, “This proposal demonstrates the long term benefits the new Lee Valley White Water Centre brings to the local area. Waltham Abbey has a fantastic concentration of tourist attractions for a wide range of visitors. Events like this will increase the town`s exposure and allow potentially thousands of people to discover this hidden gem.”

Cathy MacBride Town Centre Officer, for Epping Forest District Council said, “The 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships would attract thousands of people to the actual event over 5 days plus the competitors and support staff for a longer period. Lots of those visitors will be staying over night and will want great places to eat and shops to browse around. The potential legacy promised by the Olympics is beginning to show itself for businesses and the community.”

World Class White Water Centre Opens

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The best venue of its type in the World, was how Sports Minister Hugh Robertson described Lee Valley White Water Centre following the official opening of the facilities by The Princess Royal on 9 December 2010. Princess Anne, President of the British Olympic Association started the first race on the brand new 300 metre Olympic Slalom Canoe Course.

Olympic athletes joined sporting celebrities including Lord Sebastian Coe and local civic leaders from Essex, North London and Hertfordshire for the opening of the Centre 85 weeks before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Situated on the boundary between Waltham Abbey in Epping Forest District and Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire, the £31 million project is the first entirely new facility to be opened in anticipation of the Games. Delivered on time and within budget, John Armitt Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority described it as World Class – the best in its class.

Residents of Epping Forest District could not be better placed for the Olympic Games. Spectators will be encouraged to use public transport, with the district`s central line stations offering access to Stratford in a few minutes. Proposals are also being drawn up to make North Weald Airfield the hub of a Park and Ride service for the canoeing events at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. To the east of the District, Hadleigh Farm in Thurrock will host the Mountain Bike events at the very end of the Games.

Councillor Anne Grigg Chairman of Epping Forest District Council and Olympics Champion Councillor Liz Webster were among the invited guests at the White Water Centre. Councillor Webster said: We were blown away. Lee Valley White Water Centre is going to be a fantastic venue for the Olympic Games. Seeing members of the British Team come down the rapids in their canoes and rafts was terrific. However, the importance of the centre goes well beyond the training of the British Olympic Team and the hosting of the Olympic Games.

Councillor Webster continued: We also have a facility right on our doorstep for the whole community. We estimate the Centre will attract up to 70,000 visitors a year, bringing a massive boost to the local economy for decades to come. While the focus at the Games will be canoeing, people of any ability and experience will be able to enjoy the adrenalin rush of white water rafting. We are promised the Centre will also be available to our local community with young people particularly getting the opportunity to experience the thrills of rafting and canoeing.

Councillor Webster concluded: I would like to congratulate Lee Valley Regional Park, the Olympic Delivery Authority and everyone involved in the construction of what I believe will become an Iconic Olympic venue.”

Water Flowing at Olympic 2012 Canoe Slalom Venue

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The Lee Valley White Water Centre is being built by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) near Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire and will host the canoe slalom events during the Olympic Games. Before and after 2012, the venue will be owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

    New images and videos show water flowing at the new white water canoe centre for the London 2012 Games from the ODA:

  • Images of the Lee Valley White Water Centre

Water flowing at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games

The ODA started construction work on the venue in July 2009 and over 150 people are now working on site. Works on the new lake and competition courses have now been completed allowing water to begin flowing at the venue and testing work to begin on the canoe courses. Internal fit-out is also now underway on the two-storey facility building and landscaping works have started, keeping the venue on track to be finished later this year.

Making Waves in Lee Valley White Water Centre

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Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has just released the June edition of its Onboard e-bulletin, keeping you up to date on the action packed Lee Valley White Water Centre. The Centre will host the canoe slalom events at the London 2012 Games and is the only brand new London 2012 venue available for public use before the Games.

Lee Valley Park Onboard logo

Read on for the latest news about the Centre which is being built near Waltham Abbey.

2012 Olympic Canoe Slalom Venue on Track

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Today the Olympic Delivery Authority released new images showing the good progress being made in the construction of a world-class White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne for the London 2012 Games.

Construction work started on the Broxbourne venue in July this year and land formation works to form the canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue are over halfway complete. Piling work is now underway to form the foundations of the Olympic starting pool and the venue`s facility building.

After the Games, the venue will be owned, funded operated by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as a sporting and leisure facility for canoeing and white-water rafting, as well as a major competition and training venue for elite events.

The venue is due for completion ahead of 2012, delivering an early legacy of community use and training facilities for people of all abilities before the Games begin.  ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: We are making good progress at Broxbourne and seeing the site beginning to take shape gives us an exciting glimpse of what will be a world-class venue for 2012 and a major leisure attraction after the Games. The start of foundation works is an important milestone and keeps us on track to deliver an early legacy of first-class new sporting facilities for the East of England region well before the world`s best athletes arrive in 2012.

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: We have witnessed strong progress at this site over the past three months. As the owners and operators of the venue before and after London 2012, we are working hard to create a programme which will enable beginners, sports clubs, schools and elite athletes to use the Centre. The Centre has been designed to cater for a very wide range of people, with a nerve-jangling 5m drop for more experienced canoeists and commercial white water rafting and a 160m long intermediate course, perfect for coaching a wider range of ages and abilities. We look forward to opening the doors to the public in Spring 2011.

Lord Edward Iveagh, East of England Development Agency (EEDA) board member said: “It is great news that the work on the site is on schedule. When complete the White Water Canoe Centre will provide top-of-the-range sporting facilities which will benefit local people and communities for years to come. It will also attract visitors to the region from the UK and abroad helping to boost local businesses and the economy.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England`s Property Director, said Broxbourne is on course to benefit community paddlers before and after the arrival of the world`s best athletes for the 2012 Games. We are pleased that our investment of National Lottery funding will help meet the long-standing need of the region`s paddlers for high-quality sporting opportunities from beginner to elite level.

The White Water Canoe Centre is being built in Broxbourne on part of the River Lee Country Park, close to Waltham Cross station and will be owned, funded and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, who own the site.

    The venue is being built on a 10 hectare site, covering an area the equivalent of 25 full-size football pitches, and will include:

  • An Olympic standard 300m competition course – the water speed through the course will be in excess of 7mph in places
  • A boat conveyor to transport participants to the course start in their rafts or canoes
  • A 160m intermediate / training course – the intermediate course will help create an inclusive and comprehensive sports programme in legacy from novice paddler through to elite competitors
  • Finish Lake – finish lake area of 10,000m2 (1 hectare / 2.5 acres)
  • A facility building and pumping house containing a reception, cafe, changing rooms, admin offices, spectator viewing facilities, storage, and water pump / filtration plant
  • Landscaping works – with path and bridge networks throughout the venue to facilitate spectator viewing and access

Around 50 people are now working on the Broxbourne construction site and work to form the canoe course embankments and the landscaped features of the venue has so far seen over 150,000 cubic metres of material put in place – enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall. Foundation work is now underway on site and will see 300 concrete piles driven up to 16 metres into the ground to form the foundations of the venue facilities building and Olympic course start pool.

Work is also now underway on site to create the venue`s finish lake and will involve the excavation of 10,000 cubic metres of soil – enough to fill three Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The construction of the White Water Canoe Centre is due to be completed for Games training and testing in 2010-11 with some public use in 2011. During the Games, temporary seating will be installed around the venue for spectators. After the Games, the spectator seating will be removed, and the venue will be developed into the Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre, creating a major leisure attraction for canoeing and white water rafting as well as a venue for future international competition and sports development opportunities.

Anyone keen to find out more information on the development of the venue and how it will be used before, after, or during the Games can visit a dedicated Information Point, located a 20 minute walk away from the site, at YHA Lee Valley in Cheshunt, part of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

Olympic Airfield Plans

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Local business could benefit from thousands of visitors to London 2012 travelling to the Olympic Games via North Weald Airfield according to its owner, Epping Forest District Council. The 380-acre site close to the M11 and public transport could provide camping facilities and a transport hub for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among the options are Park and Ride to local rail services, temporary upgrade of the Airfield status to allow passenger flights and an approach from the Caravan Club of Great Britain for its members to stay at North Weald during the Games.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Deputy Council Leader, Chairman of North Weald Airfield Strategy Cabinet Committee and the Council`s new Business Champion is very excited by the possibilities. He said: London 2012 is a great business and cultural opportunity for Epping Forest district. The Airfield is a well-located site with a good track record of hosting and holding events.

One of the major selling points to the International Olympic Committee was to make London 2012 the Public Transport Games. Epping Forest district has eight Central Line Underground Stations. However, people will need to get to the stations and the Council is concerned about parking congestion if no extra local parking facilities are available. A well-planned Park and Ride scheme would benefit everyone by smoothing the journey for visitors and reducing parking at the stations.

Councillor Whitbread continued: North Weald also offers a potentially fast air route to the Games. Aviation tenants are asking the Council to look at temporarily licensing the Airfield for passenger flights to take some of the pressure off other Airfields.

Businesses in London have not been slow to see the opportunities. Epping Forest district is also ideally placed for the main events in Stratford and the White Water Canoeing on the River Lee at Waltham Abbey. Most London hotels are already fully booked for the duration of the Games. The Caravan Club of Great Britain holds a national rally each year and would like to hold their 2012 event close to the Olympic venues and North Weald Airfield could be the perfect place.

Councillor David Stallan voiced some concerns about the temporary nature of any Park and Ride. Councillor Whitbread assured him should a Park and Ride scheme go ahead, it would be temporary and not permanent. Councillor Di Collins Leader of the Council said she could see the benefit of Park and Ride with camping and caravanning. Councillor Jon Whitehouse was concerned to ensure very careful traffic planning would be necessary but supported the ideas in principle.

Councillor Anne Grigg Vice-Chairman of the Council felt that temporary licensing of the Airfield for passenger flights would give residents and the Council a good idea of the impact of more sustained aviation expansion. Like Councillor Stallan, her fellow North Weald Member, she had some concerns about the local impact of Park and Ride.

Councillor Chris Whitbread emphasised that agreement in principle was subject to much further investigation and consultation with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). He added: There is much detail to be discussed. Any plans would have to dovetail with the wider Olympic transport plans. We would need the go-ahead of the ODA. However, this is a potentially fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of North Weald and the district. It would earn income for Council services and create great opportunities for local business.

London 2012 Olympics – Fantastic News!

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Councillor John Knapman, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: This is fantastic news. I am absolutely delighted. London is one of the greatest cities in the world. As a nation we are renowned for rising to challenges and I am sure we will make this one of the most successful Olympic games ever.

He continued: The potential benefits for the people of London and the surrounding area are enormous. This is the chance not just to regenerate East London. It is the best opportunity we will ever have to tackle the under-investment in our roads, public transport and housing as well as business and sports facilities. For Epping Forest District, so well placed right on the edge of London, this is a great opportunity for us too. After the spectacle of the games themselves, the spin-off benefits to the district should last for generations to come.

Councillor Knapman concluded: The next seven years will be crucial. There is a tremendous amount of hard work to do but I for one can’t wait. In town halls across London and the South East of England people will be meeting to digest the news and make plans. We are no different in Epping Forest and I will be calling meetings of councillors and staff to map out the challenges the district faces. I have already asked senior officers to be in my office at 9.30 this Friday to get the ball rolling. We owe it to future generations as well as ourselves  to make the absolute best of 2012.