The seminar aimed to examine who local communities are in the context of Olympic legacy. Drawing on recent research, e.g. Newham’s latest household panel survey, and policy thinking, the speakers considered evidence of what local residents want for themselves, what they think about the local area and how it is changing. The speakers were Dr Jane Kennedy from LB of Newham and Andrew Sissions from LB of Hackney.
Jane has introduced the main findings of the Newham Household Panel Survey-Wave 7 and Andrew explored the two main focuses of the borough: employment and education. Other than the main fact that we all know, there was no in-depth understanding of the reasons behind some of the issues and how to deal with them which is disappointing. It is fair to say that the audience expected more about how the process will follow two years after the Olympics especially with the changing resident profile in the neighborhood but even the Q&A session didn't help.
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