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Council condemns marathons switch

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Tower Hamlets LBC is considering taking legal action over changes to the 2012 Olympic programme which leaves the borough without any events.

The move follows the announcement that marathons will start and finish in The Mall in central London. London Olympics chief Lord Coe announced that the Olympic and Paralympic races would not run through London’s East End to ease traffic congestion.

A route through the East End, near the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, had been championed by Tower Hamlets to showcase the area and encourage residents to support the biggest sporting event ever to be held in Britain.

A spokesman said the authority will now investigate the matter further to see if legal action can be taken against the organisers of the 2012 Games.

The council has also written a letter to London 2012’s chief executive Paul Deighton which accuses the organisers of breaking the hopes and dreams of residents in east London.

Kevan Collins, right, Tower Hamlets LBC’s chief executive, said: “We’re 100% behind the Olympic Games taking place in the East End, what we’re not happy about is the fact that Olympic events are being taken away from us.

“We want to play our full part in the Games and we feel that the East End is the right and proper venue for the Olympic marathon.

“It’s our residents that will have to put up with the disruption, and we feel that the removal of the Olympic marathon is the final straw.”

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