By Duncan Mackay


November 2 - A plan to name the site of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Elizabeth Park in honour of the Queen has sparked a row with the British Olympic Association (BOA) unhappy over the proposal.


Under the Government plan, which was first proposed earlier this year by Newham, one of the five Olympic Host Boroughs, the 250 acre site will be called the Elizabeth Park as a fitting reminder of the Queen, who is due to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.


The plan has been approved by Downing Street and Buckingham Palace and London Mayor Boris Johnson has also backed it.


But the BOA believe that the word "Olympic" should appear somewhere in its name otherwise they fear that there will be no reminder of the Games.


A statement from the BOA said: "There has been no formal consultation process with us over this particular name.


"It is important that the public has something to remember the 2012 Olympics by as there is no bricks and mortar legacy from previous London Games of 1908 and 1948."


The belief among senior officials is that a park named after the Queen is more likely to encourage visitors to London to travel there in the years after the Games.


Additionally, if it was desginated a Royal Park, which would require legislation, the cost of maintaining the site would shift to the Government, which Newham has calculated would cost up to £3 million a year to manage.


There are currently no Royal Parks in East London, despite the area's close links with the Royal Family.


Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham, said: "The great affection with which Newham and the rest of East London holds all things royal is well known.


"We all remember how The Queen Mother inspired the East End during The Blitz and The Queen chose to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in Newham in 2002."


London's eight royal parks - Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent's Park, Richmond Park and St James's Park - were created by the 1851 Crown Lands Act which transferred the spaces then owned by Queen Victoria to public ownership.


The Queen is due to open the Olympics in 2012, making her the first head of state in history to carry out the honour twice.


She had also opened the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.


Sir Robin said: "A new Royal Park would be a fitting gift to the people of East London as we prepare for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Games in 2012.


"It will be to East London what Kensington Gardens is to West London.


"A Royal Park for Newham would bring prestige and prominence and complement the resurgence of this part of London.


"By extending the Royal Park family into the heart of East London we can guarantee attracting visitors for many years to come.


"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


"There probably won't be another Olympics in East London so we must be ambitious."


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