Peter Golds: We must not forget the vulnerable

By Jon Massey on July 4, 2012 12:16 PM |

By Peter Golds


A resident said to me this week that we had anticipated every eventuality for the Olympics except the weather.

Certainly there has been little evidence of flaming June as the Diamond Jubilee appeared to be as rain swept as the Coronation in 1953.

The achievement so far in bringing the Olympics to London has been outstanding and while we cannot plan for the weather we can ensure that the organisation is as smooth as possible.

There are concerns - moving the sheer number of competitors and visitors to east London will strain our transport network.

Here at Canary Wharf, we are a world wide business hub, with more than 90,000 people coming to work every day.

We also have the elderly and the housebound in Docklands.

The Olympic Delivery Authority has produced plans to minimise disruption to locals but those who rely on Meals on Wheels and hospitals have every right to be concerned.

It is essential the council understands this and works alongside the Olympic authorities.

Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman has been given a special All Areas Road Pass.

Let us hope that Meals on Wheels, for which he has responsibility, will continue to serve our most vulnerable neighbours during the Games.

■ Peter Golds is Conservative councillor for Blackwall & Cubitt Town