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What makes a good name for the Olympic neighbourhoods?

How difficult can it be to name the five new neighbourhoods that are going to be built on the Olympic Park after the 2012 Games?

That was the challenge set by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) when it announced a competition inviting the public to suggest names for each distinctive area of the future Queen Elizabeth Park.

Organisers have so far received more than 1,000 suggestions and people have taken inspiration from, among others, history, royalty and Olympic athletes.

So, are Plastic Fantastic, Hoy Gateway, Little Athens or Redgravia likely to feature in the London A-Z soon?

Considering the merits of some of the suggested names, and the merits of the naming competition itself, are three members of the Legacy Youth Panel.

The panel, made up of young people from the five host boroughs of the London 2012 Games, was set up to give its members a say in the legacy plans for the Olympic Park.

Christopher Donnellan, 17, student, Rainham, Kent

"The Legacy Panel is in charge of what's going to happen after the Games, like the design of the park. We are learning what their ideas are and we come up with a few ideas ourselves.

"I think the naming competition is a good idea because it gives people a sense of ownership and they can interact more.

"If you're going to name it after an Olympic athlete it should be someone who won a medal at the 2012 Games rather than someone who won a medal in the past.

"I don't think it is a good idea to look back at history. Most people wouldn't know anything about that. If you just said this factory was here 50 or 60 years ago people will say, 'I don't remember that'."

Thomas Pullen, 16, student, Greenwich

"This Olympics has been branded as the people's Olympics and I think that's why people should have the chance to put names forward. It's their area and our London.

"A name is very important. It should contain history and it should be something that people can be proud of. For instance, I was thinking that a name should incorporate the new east London with the traditions of an old east London.

"I haven't thought of too many ideas myself, but I was thinking of Cycle Lane - we've done well in the cycling, but also the cycle of change.

"Before the Olympic site went up it needed to be disinfected and done up. It has all come full circle."

Arfah Farooq, 19, student, East Ham, Newham

"I think it is important to hold on to history. Especially the people who thought, when we won the bid, 'we're going to lose this and lose that'.

"It's important that we hold on to the historical context of certain areas. I always find it quite fascinating to hear about local history because you don't really learn about it in school.

"Some of the ideas are quite amusing. Plastic Fantastic because of the area's heritage as a plastics works.

"I can't see myself saying, 'I live in Plastic Fantastic'. It sounds like some kind of toy town.

"One of my ideas is for the area with the Olympic Stadium and the Orbit. I came up with the name, Urban Rings.

"Urban because it's an area for younger people and rings because of the stadium, the Olympic rings and the Orbit rings."

The deadline to send in suggestions for the 'Your Park, Your Place' competition is 18 May.

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