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Olympic Games 2012

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what representations she has received on the accessibility of (a) the Olympic village and (b) each Olympic venue. (184331)

All the Olympic family are working to ensure the games are fully inclusive and accessible—both at games time and in legacy. Making this happen requires the best advice from accessibility experts and listening to the needs of local people.

The ODA have a published quality and diversity strategy and are currently working through the design process on the village and venues with preferred developers and contractors (where agreed). LOGOG and the International Paralympic Committee are also fully involved. This process is informed by the ODA’s Access and Inclusion Forum and Access Panels (Transport and Built Environment), which includes membership from disability organisations within each of the five boroughs, as well as the borough access officers and key external stakeholders.

A design and access statement was submitted as part of the planning application in January 2007. This will underpin the design of all games venues. Access statements for each venue are being developed, with reviews conducted by the principal access officer at each building stage and with oversight by the Access Panels. Accessible transport and built environment strategies will also be published later this year.