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Portland Olympic spaces transferred to community trust
9:08am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
Public spaces used during the 2012 Olympic Games sailing events in Portland will now be managed as community assets thanks to a major new agreement announced today.
The Homes and Communities Agency has transferred the ownership of 8.5 hectacres of land at Osprey Quay to national charity the Land Trust, an organisation that manages public spaces to ensure they deliver a range of community benefits.
The first phase of land to be transferred includes flood defences, open space areas of the business park and the promenade between Portland Castle and the marina. A second phase will include the new Liberty Square adjacent to Portland Castle and the former Royal Naval Air Station Canteen Building.
For Osprey Quay this includes ensuring the complex flood defence are maintained and repaired and providing high quality estate management services for the businesses and visitors using the promenade, marina and leisure facilities.
The deal includes a £1.2m endowment from the HCA that will be used for the maintenance of the flood defences which protect the businesses and leisure uses provided at Osprey Quay.
During the Olympics, Osprey Quay was host to the main sailing events and athlete village and a focus for thousands of people gathered along the Weymouth and Portland coastline to watch the sailing events, which included sailor Ben Ainslie winning his fourth Olympic gold.
Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, said: “The aims of the Land Trust are to manage public spaces so that they benefit local people and businesses.
“We do this in line with our five charitable objectives; improving health, protecting the environment, providing educational benefit, creating social cohesion and uplifting the economy.
“At Osprey Quay we will ensure community events like the annual gala can take place as well as looking to improve biodiversity.
“We will also ensure the flood defence is properly maintained and that the public spaces are managed in a way that supports existing businesses, attracts new companies to the area and ensures that the new residential development is successful.”
Mark Glendenning, HCA Area Manager, said: “This is a positive step for local businesses and the community in Portland who have been incredibly supportive of the activity that has taken place at Osprey Quay.
"Using our land in a way that benefits local people and stimulates growth and employment is a key part of our work here, and this agreement with the Land Trust will help us achieve this aim.”
The Land Trust and The Homes and Communities Agency
The Land Trust is a not for profit organisation that provides a cost effective management solution for open space and green infrastructure. This land can deliver significant community benefits, improving health, social cohesion, providing an educational resource and uplifting the local economy. The aim of the Trust is to provide long-term sustainable management of open spaces across the country. It has around 2,000 hectares of land in its portfolio and a strong balance sheet to provide financial stability. Its open spaces are a crucial part of the social landscape, delivering a range of significant benefits for residents and businesses. Safe and accessible open space allows communities to come together and individuals to develop and relax through physical activity and recreation.
. For further information visit www.thelandtrust.org.uk The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Its vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas. The HCA’s role in sites in Portland is part of a wider transfer of around £300m of Regional Development Agency (RDA) land and property assets to the Agency, which completed on 19 September 2011. The HCA will manage these assets to deliver economic growth and regeneration for local communities.
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