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LEYTON: "Appalling" Olympic roundabout criticised
A RESIDENT has condemned a roundabout near the Olympic Village as "an appalling blight on the neighbourhood".
Ian Jarvis-McInnes, of Drapers Road, Leyton, said the new roundabout at the entrance to the Olympic Village at the junction of Chobham Road and Angel Lane is an eyesore.
The 49-year-old, who works for a business magazine, said: "It's an appalling blight on the neighbourhood. "It could have been planted with a tree, flowers, it could have had a piece of public art, it could even have been painted with concentric rings in the Olympic colours.
"What is it, a stark blob of black Tarmac?"
He said work by the Olympic Development Authority has led to closed roads and increased traffic and he questioned the legacy of "such poor quality urban design".
An ODA spokesman said: “The original Angel Lane bridge constructed during the Victorian era was in need of replacement and a new bridge is being constructed to provide improved links in the local area to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles before, during and long after the 2012 Games.
"A new mini-roundabout was required as part of these works and its design has to adhere to Transport for London’s guidelines for safety.”
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