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Too many agencies hinder Thames Gateway

POOR COMMUNICATION between government quangos, development bodies and construction firms is hampering regeneration efforts in London's Thames Gateway area, a senior regeneration official said this week.

Thames Gateway London Partnership chief executive Eric Sorensen said that he understood why several bodies were in control of the huge Thames Gateway regeneration area.

But he said those bodies needed to speak more clearly to the construction industry.

'The bodies have to publicise themselves as the situation looks confusing to construction firms and will continue to do so until they make a clear statement about who does what, ' said Sorensen.

It is Sorensen's job to promote the Thames Gateway as an urban regeneration project and he said that many of the firms coming to him were unclear about who they needed to talk to about work.

He referred to a 'myriad' of local development bodies, including government-funded English Partnerships, the Thames Gateway Urban Development Committee, the Thurrock Urban Development Committee, The London Development Agency and the Olympic Delivery Authority, which will be formed next year.

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