Thursday, March 29, 2007

Olympic costs, Ken?

I watched part of London Tonnight's regular Ask Ken programme this evening, wherein one of the punters asked Ken Livingston whether he would guarantee that the Olympics would not cost more than the current estimate of £10 billion.

Ken replied that he would consider himself to have failed if it cost "more than half that", i.e. £5 billion.

I wonder if anyone has told him about the Japanese knotweed (a flick of the horns to Wat Tyler).
"THE organisers of London’s 2012 Olympics will this week reveal that knotweed has invaded the sites of two of the main arenas — leaving the games with a clear-up bill which experts predict could top £70m. Surveys of the site in Stratford, east London, have revealed a 10-acre swathe of Japanese knotweed under the proposed velodrome and aquatic centre. The plant spreads so aggressively that it could undermine stadium walls and crack concrete concourses unless every trace is removed. The full extent of the contamination of the site for the games, including unexploded bombs and toxic chemicals, is still being assessed.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has already identified mercury, lead and petro-chemicals in the soil, as well as asbestos in derelict buildings. There are also as many as 60 unexploded bombs dropped by the German Luftwaffe during the second world war."

We still haven't been told why these problems were not identified before the project was undertaken- after all, locals knew about them. But we do know that the whole thing is already running four times over budget. And the clock is ticking ever more loudly.

What can possibly the explanation? And is Ken going to regret ever making that statement?*

* Yes. Now, I just need to find a link to it...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Makes you wonder why the whole fucking world isn't covered in knotweed and every structure undermined by it doesn't it?

Or is this typical New Labur twat MO? Get the excuses in before the fuckup?

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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