Greenwich Park and the Equestrian Olympics

Posted on April 1st, 2009 by Jonathan Lovie

In November the Society wrote to Lord Coe (Chairman, LOCOG), the Mayor of London and the Leader of the London Borough of Greenwich to express our profound concern at the likely impact of hosting this event in the Grade I registered Greenwich Park and the lack of any dialogue with the Society in its role as statutory consultee. Replies from all three, together with press coverage of the inquiry into the economics of the event, reveal a determination to press ahead with the Greenwich venue.

In his reply, Lord Coe states that LOCOG understands “the unique characteristics of the Park, and our responsibility to protect the ecology and the historic nature of the site”. He also re-iterates a commitment guaranteeing that the Park will be returned to the Royal Parks “in the state in which it was received”.

A planning application for the use of the Park is likely to be submitted to Greenwich Council in the autumn, and we will be responding in detail. While maintaining our objection in principle to what we consider to be the inappropriate use of this site, we will also endeavour to ensure that the necessary post-Games reinstatement benefits and enhances the historic character of the Park.

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