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Olympic Park legacy shake-up call

London mayor Boris Johnson has called for a more streamlined approach to deciding what happens to the Olympic Park after the 2012 Games.

Johnson wants the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), which is in charge of securing a future for the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, to be reformed as a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) - which would fall under his control.

The mayor believes a shake-up of the way London runs its affairs is needed for a better focused and more accountable Greater London Authority (GLA).

There are seven bodies involved in the regeneration of east London’s Lower Lea Valley which causes duplication and confusion, he argued.

Johnson believes his devolution plans could lead to a streamlined GLA that has stripped away needless bureaucracy and overlapping functions across public bodies.

The OPLC was formed last year by the Labour government and the mayor.

Deciding on the use of the Olympic Stadium is key among the OPLC’s tasks in planning, managing and maintaining the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, after the London 2012 Games.

West Ham football club have lodged an interest in moving into the Olympic Stadium after the Games.

The OPLC had no comment on the London mayor’s plans announced in response to the government’s decision to dismantle the Government Office for London (GoL), a system of regional government offices throughout the country.

Johnson said: “The capital is a global powerhouse with a population as large as Wales and Scotland combined, yet despite providing this world city with clear leadership, the mayoralty has few formal powers, despite substantial informal powers. This will no longer do.”

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