Urban regeneration schemes are not always successful. Often though it is not as clear-cut as success or failure. One scheme may be deemed a huge success by some but a failure by others.
Stratford in London is a case in point. As a result of the Olympic Games being held in the East of London in 2012, huge investment was made in the area. Although major benefits have resulted, have those benefits been shared by all?
Below is a collection of resources to help students consider the extent of success relating to the regeneration of Stratford as part of the London 2012 games
VIDEO – Urban Regeneration – The 2012 London Olympics
The Olympics and Urban regeneration in the East End of London – all good?
‘Stratford: The Vital Statistics’ is a report produced by the Stratford Renaissance Partnership (SRP). It illustrates how the area has changed as a result of the investments made in the area. An overview can by viewed here on the ‘Stratford Rising’ website
VIDEO – Locals say Olympics redevelopments have done little to improve neighbourhood
VIDEO – Building the Olympic dream? Not everyone is convinced
To help support teachers in the planning and teaching of the new AS and A Level Geography Specifications from September 2016, I have been collecting resources which may be useful.
The resources have been categorised according to the new WJEC and Eduqas Specifications in England and Wales. However, as there is now so much common content, the resources will likely be of use to those teaching Specifications from other awarding bodies.
The links are not a definitive list or endorsed by WJEC, but provide a stimulus for lesson planning and preparing revision materials.
This is a live document. Links on the individual pages are regularly updated.
It has not been long since floods last hit the headlines in the UK. Last time it was Cumbria that was hit by torrential rains and swollen riversas a result of Storm Desmond. Now, less than a month later, Yorkshire and Lancashire have been hit over the Christmas period.
December saw record breaking figures recorded by Met Office observing stations. Just under a months worth of rain fell in some places in a 24 hour period meaning that already saturated ground was unable to cope. This led to widespread flooding in villages and towns around York, Leeds and Manchester. Police in West Yorkshire stated that it was the worst flooding experienced in 70 years.
In York, the River Ouse was 5.1 metres above normal summer river levels around the Christmas period.
Over 500 soldiers were sent into areas worst affected by flooding as 27 severe flood warnings were in place, meaning “danger to life”. Thousands of homes were left without power in the Greater Manchester area, whilst over 2000 people were evacuated from homes in York and hundreds from properties in Salford as rivers burst their banks.
Many were left hoping that the damage caused to their homes will be covered by their insurance. However,the small print in some policiesmay leave some with a nasty surprise
The future – reducing the risks?
After the immediate danger had passed and people began the clear-up, many were again asking what can be done to mitigate against such events in the future? There are many examples of flood gates, walls andother methods that have been put in place after previous flood events. Although some of these served to reduce the impacts this time around, many have not and may not do so in the future.
For years, many have called into question the decision to continue allowing permission for new housing to be built on floodplains. A recent Greenpeace investigation claimed that even now, the government has still earmarked flood risk areas for the building of 9000 new homes as part of it’s fast track home building programme.
Furthermore, in a recent article published on the 9th December it is claimed by The Committee on Climate Change (CCC), that in August it warned the government that it needed to take action in relation to the number of homes at risk from future flood events. In October 2015 the government rejected this stating that a “….. strategy to address future residual risk would not be appropriate at this time.”
Do we need a Dutch-style delta plan to mitigate against future floods? After the storms and devastating floods that hit the Netherlands in 1953, huge investment has taken place in the country to prevent a future event. The centre piece is the ‘Delta Works Programme’.