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UPDATE: Olympic spaces for the public good
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.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has transferred the ownership of 8.5 hectacres of land at Osprey Quay to national charity the Land Trust, which manages public spaces for 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.
The deal includes £1.2m from the HCA for the maintenance of the flood defences which protects Osprey Quay. During the Olympics Osprey Quay was host to the main sailing events and athletes’ village and a focus for thousands of spectators to watch the sailing events, including sailor Ben Ainslie winning 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. “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 to support existing businesses, attracts new companies to the area and ensure 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.
“Using our land in a way that benefits local people and stimulates growth and employment is a key part of our work here. This agreement with the Land Trust will help us achieve this aim.”
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