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The London Docklands
London by 1981 was a useless area, with very few jobs, closed docks, poor transport
and housing and a lack of services. The London Docklands Development Corporation
(LDDC) was set up to improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of
the area. Here I have grouped the different changes into these three separate
728 hectares of derelict land was reclaimed and 160 000 trees were replanted. 130
hectares were made open space areas, as in fields and parks. There were also 17
conservation areas created.
Transport was improved to make London more accessible. The Docklands Light
Railway is a track of 29km and carries 320 000 passengers a week. This railway has
connected to many other forms of tube lines such as the Jubilee and Waterloo lines.
The city airport was used by half a million passengers in 1995. A link has also been
made with the M11 as well as 135 km of new roads leading to Docklands.
Employment and the number of businesses are said to have both doubled from 1981
to 1996. This means more money is being brought into the area, making London
wealthier. Businesses are now competing for offices in the area.
More than 19 800 new houses have been built, mainly luxury flats, and 7 900 existing
homes have been refurbished. This provides a better quality life style for residents.
Shopping centres have been redeveloped, providing people with more variety and
theoretically better quality in goods. Nearly £100 million has been spent on health,
education, training and community programmes to look after the population.
There are people who are happy with the development of the
London Docks, however there are others who disagree with the
whole plan. Local residents can't afford any of the modern flats
and due to the shortage of low-cost housing; they aren't given
much of a choice. Former Dockers are also unable to apply for
most of the new jobs available, as they require certain skills or
qualifications which they have never had a chance to have. The old
residents feel as if the community has been split up by the new
residents. Here is a photo of Canary Wholf, showing the
development of London.