Entries flood in for Olympic neighbourhoods naming competition

Nearly a thousand people have suggested names for five new neighbourhoods that will be built on the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the 2012 Games.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company said it has received an fantastic response to the launch of its Your Park, Your Place competition, which gives people the chance to leave their mark on east London’s history.

The suggestions have been made through the company’s website www.legacycompany.co.uk – which features an interactive map with descriptions of how the areas will look, along with historical information, to give people a feel for the new neighbourhoods and help generate name ideas.

The Legacy Company is offering a tour of the Olympic Park as a prize for the 1,000th and 1,500th entry.

People have until Wednesday, May 18, to make their suggestions and give the reasons.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “Your Park, Your Place has captured the imagination of people of all ages from across the UK, and provoked some really inventive thinking and fascinating stories.

“But we want more. This is your chance to shape London’s history. Whether it’s a name connected to the rich history of the area, or a connection to London life, we want to hear from you.”

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A judging panel will select the name for each neighbourhood based on popularity, historical referencing and their relation to the area’s diverse communities.

One neighbourhood will sit between the VeloPark and the Athletes Village.

The others will be next to Hackney Wick, in the Old Ford area, between Stratford City and the stadium and near Pudding Mill Station.

Area 1 - Newham

� Hoy Gateway – named after Chris Hoy as it is near the Velodrome.

� Cosmopolitan Park – because London is a colourful, multi-cultural, diverse city.

� Liddell Quarter – Eric Liddell personified Olympic ideals by the way he lived and competed and this is documented in the film ‘Chariots of Fire’. The name ‘Liddell Quarter’ is reminiscent of the quarter mile, a distance he ran as an alternative to the 400m. His life came to an end in a Japanese Prison Camp in China - the existence of pill-boxes in Area 1 is a concrete reminder of the War.

� Redgravia – a mixture of Belgravia and London and Sir Steve Redgrave

� Angelplace – the loveliest street in Stratford was Angel Lane until it was demolished in the 70s. It had lovely Victorian shops as it ran from St John’s Church up to the Theatre Royal.

Area 2 - Hackney

� Plastic Fantastic or Plasticity – due to the area’s heritage as a plastics works.

� Templar Mills – Temple Mills were water mills belonging to the Knights Templar, used mainly for grinding corn from extensive lands in Homerton and the Marshes.

� Dog and Bike – after the greyhound and motorbike track.

� The Cut – the area between the canals used to be referred to as The Cut where the entrant used to swim and fish as a boy.

� Speedy Danes – because Danes invaded the area and there used to be a dog track.

Area 3 - Tower Hamlets

� Olympic Park Hill – the highest natural point on the Olympic Park development

� The Sweets – named after the confectionary factory based in the area

� Altius – from the Olympic motto ‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’ - Altius means higher. This is the highest natural point in the Park.

� Populas – Latin for people and named after the great people of the area

� Petropolis – as the term petrol was coined here and it is part of a great metropolis.

Area 4 - Newham

� Little Athens – birthplace of the Olympics and waterside theme.

� Flying Scotsman – after the locomotive which used Stratford as a base for many years. Also the epithet applies to Eric Liddell, as featured in Chariots of Fire and more recent Olympians such as Chris Hoy.

� The Sidings – when I worked in the area in the 1970’s it was referred to as The Sidings.

� The Rings – Olympic significance especially with the area dominated by the main stadiums.

� Freshwater Village – because the village has connections to water through the past in Pudding Mill and City Mill rivers. And today through the Aquatics Centre, and riverside setting.

� Lavender Lane – because the old Yardley factory which manufactured perfumes and cosmetics in the area

Area 5 - Newham

� Poseidon – named after the Greek God of the sea

� Henry Croft Park – named after the founder of the Pearly Kings and Queens

� Lea Fields – named after the proximity to the River Lea and a planned new school

� East Metropolis – the fleet of engineering on the Olympic Park is beyond belief there is a sense of the Park being somewhat like world within a world.

� Winalbion Cross – the name links the ancient Roman name for England ‘Albion’ while ‘Cross’ links with the ancient causeways and the integral crossing aspect of the area. ‘Win’ illustrates the impact of water across the area and its proximity with the Bow Back rivers, River Lea and her waterways.