With our partners, including Thames Gateway Limited Partnership, we are currently writing the most ambitious investment plan ever for the Gateway. It's a 15-year strategy – this means far-sighted planning that is flexible enough to seize a golden opportunity like the Olympics and use it as a catalyst for the long-term benefit of the whole of the Gateway. It's surprising that some of those closely involved appear to lack confidence in the strategy they're helping to write.
And far from slashing spending in the Gateway, the LDA is in fact investing more over the next four years by refocusing our resources on the Lower Lea. This means the inner Gateway will get off to a flying start that, in the long term, can only be of benefit to the wider area.
Michael Ward, chief executive, London Development Agency.