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From the Editor

We are delighted to offer online some articles from our Summer 2012 edition of the Journal which, it appears, the other members of the Committee did not wish to have printed and distributed to members.

Dr Richard Wellings has written a timely article about the damaging effects of the Olympics upon London. In the interests of balance, we approached the Olympic Delivery Authority and invited them to provide a positive account of the benefits of the Olympics for London and the UK generally. Neither our letter nor a subsequent telephone call elicited any reply whatever -- we shall leave readers to draw their own conclusions from this arrogant attitude, which we have found sadly typical of government agencies and quangos whose responsibilities touch upon the built environment.

Julius Hogben's thorough article about High Speed Rail will I hope inform Londoners about this expensive proposal, opposition to which is mostly presented in the press as localised in Buckinghamshire and Warwickshire.

As always, your comments and opinions are most welcome.

William Arthurs
Hon. Editor

About the London Society

The London Society was founded in 1912 as a membership organisation to encourage public interest and participation in the planning of London. The Society's foundation was thus contemporary with the birth of town planning as a formal profession. The first chairman was the eminent architect Sir Aston Webb, and early committee members included architects Beresford Pite, Raffles Davison, Edwin Lutyens and Reginald Blomfield, the town planner Raymond Unwin, the artist Frank Brangwyn, and the publisher J. M. Dent. Its founders envisioned a combination of a civic amenity society, a preservation lobby, and an urban think-tank. For example, the Society took an early interest, maintained to this day, in transport matters.

As the planning regime developed, the Society took on its current role as an authoritative commentator on significant planning applications in central London.

About the London Society Journal

The Society's Journal has been published since 1913, currently twice a year, in the late spring and the autumn.

Issues 459 to 461 (2010/ 2011), edited by William Arthurs.

Except where explicitly identified as the views or opinions of the London Society, all contributors express their own views and opinions, which are not necessarily those of the Society.

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The London Society Journal is the magazine for members of the London Society and is published twice a year. The London Society was founded in 1912 and works to stimulate appreciation of London, to encourage excellence in planning and development, and to preserve its amenities and the best of its buildings.

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