A London protest group calling itself London Olympics Somewhere Else (LOSE) has staged a demonstration outside the London Headquarters of the London Olympics Delivery Authority (LODA) in Canary Wharf, east London. LODA is the public body responsible for ensuring delivery of the new venues and infrastructure for the London Games and the legacy that will follow. It is working closely with the London Organising Committee.
Derek Higgingbottom, formerly Head Chief Officer of the national regeneration agency, is also Chief Executive of LODA: "LOSE have a right to protest, and we have listened. We are working to minimize the effect of the London Games on London, probably by moving it to Leeds."
Del King, London resident for 100 years: "Build it in Leeds, call it the London Games, innit."
LODA is allowed to buy, sell, build and install infrastructure in London, develop a London Olympic Transport Plan, and to be the local planning authority for London.
Public sector funding for the London Games is made up of:
£112.5bn from Londoners through Council Tax
£1.6m from the London Development Agency
£750m from the National Lottery
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