Yes I beleive the water events were in the Lea Valley, My territory when younger.
They have turned the whole of the marshes right through from Picketts Lock as far as Ware I beleive into a pay to enter outdoor activity centre.
When I lived their it was open space we grew up in,explored and learnt about things free of charge.
It's appalling. Parents can't afford to keep their kids of the street nowadays, everything has a price tag.
How councils are not making money I do not know. My son experienced the opening ceremony from a friends window where they threw a party.
I think it is appalling the Olympics are for the better off minority and benefits not the man on the street.
The whole ethos of these events is to feel part of the overall event.
The only people to benefit from this is are the organisers,(disorganisers)advertisers and sponsors. watching the swimming last night I'm sitting their thinking, oh just get on with the race.Penny