Lea Rivers Trust to close in March 2008
The Lea Rivers Trust is set to close in March 2008. Odd, that. The preparation for the London Olympics 2012 are well under way, yet this small charity closing down through lacks of funds. What do they do?
TO PRESERVE, CONSERVE AND PROTECT THE PHYSICAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
OF GREATER LONDON FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.
 TO ADVANCE PUBLIC EDUCATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS; AND
 TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION AND LEISURE TIME
ACTIVITY FOR THE PUBLIC , REGARDLESS OF AGE, GENDER OR ETHNIC ORIGIN,
IN THE INTERESTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO PERSONS AND WITH THE OBJECT OF
IMPROVING THE CONDITIONS OF LIFE OF THE SAID PUBLIC.
They are based just outside the zone designated as part of the 2012 games development, and much of their work has been in and around the rivers at the heart of the Olympic site, the "Bow Back Rivers".
Some extracts from the
The Lea Rivers Trust is an innovative and dynamic water related charity, based in the Lee Valley and East London amongst an extensive network of waterways. The Lee Valley is steeped in archaeological and industrial heritage, it is a key migratory route and ecological corridor reaching into the heart of London.
Our Vision: The Lea Rivers Trust wishes to see a vibrant and sustainable waterway environment that positively contributes to the economic, social and environmental well being of East London and the Lea Valley.
So why, four years before the games, are they shutting down for lack of funds? Does the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) not care?
This from the ODA website:
We want London 2012 to be the first ‘sustainable’ Games, setting new standards for major events.
Being ‘sustainable’ means providing for peoples’ current and long-term needs, improving quality of life while ensuring a healthy and thriving natural environment.
So, could the ODA "provide" for the Lea Rivers Trust?