Olympic Chiefs Find Another 42 Firms They Need to Evict

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

FORTY-TWO more businesses have been told they face eviction to make way for the 2012 Olympics.

A total of 302 firms employing 6,058 staff now face losing their premises in Stratford because it is on land earmarked for the Games.

Details of the new evictions emerged today in a letter to Angie Bray, Tory Olympics spokeswoman on the London Assembly, from the Mayor's London Development Agenc.

The LDA, which is charged with securing the Stratford site, said the 42 latest companies to face eviction employ 180 people.

Last month the LDA admitted its costs had soared to [pounds sterling]1 billion as a result of extra land being needed. With even more firms having to be issued with compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), more millions will be added to the cost - further embarrassing the LDA.

The letter, from its chief executive-Manny Lewis, also says that so far only 61 firms have identified a preferred alternative site or shortlist of sites.

Conservatives on the assembly called on Ken Livingstone to intervene to sort out the problem, or risk the Games being jeopardised.

Ms Bray said: "It beggars belief that despite more than a year of preparations the LDA are still discovering more businesses they need to relocate.

"It leaves one wondering if they could organise a p***up in a brewery. …