Anger over Olympic plans

18 November 2011

Plans to create a giant sofa and TV screen on Fish Island, Stratford, have angered local residents.

The Daily Mail has reported that Lance Forman, a smoked salmon factory owner, created the idea for a corporate hospitality suite that will allow 8,000 guests per day to watch the Olympics on a giant screen.

The innovative hospitality suite, in the form of a giant living room will take up a total of 20,000 square metres with the sofa itself planned to be the size of a four-story building.

What’s more it will be open from 8am until 2am which has angered the area’s 600 residents but Forman believes the suite will help to regenerate the area after the Olympics.

Those objecting to the scheme believe it will bring too much traffic to the area that already has another hospitality suite planned with 4,000 capacity. It is feared that the street of Fish Island will not be able to cope with 12,000 visitors per day.

Planning permission at this stage, however, is only conceptual with final permission yet to be granted.

Watch this space!

Photograph sourced from H. Forman & Son

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