Application for the Waterworks Festival REFUSED!

A red kits soars over the Waterworks Meadow. Image by Giles Greenwood.

Save Lea Marshes are delighted that the destructive Waterworks Festival will not go ahead on the wildflower meadow adjacent to the Waterworks Nature Reserve. The location was always patently inappropriate for such a large-scale commercial event and we are relieved that the Licensing Committee have recognised the detrimental impact the festival would have on wildlife and local communities.

We are grateful to every single one of the 350+ objectors and all the organisations and residents we collaborated with to achieve this result!

The Waterworks Festival was opposed by Save Lea Marshes, Love Lea Bridge, Hackney Council, London Wildlife Trust, Hackney Marshes User Group, Manor Garden Allotments, Ive Farm Community Garden, Plastic Free Hackney and the Lea Bridge ward councillors in both boroughs, as well as countless local people. Waltham Forest Council have made the right decision to protect this precious area of the marshes for the enjoyment of all and for Nature.

Click here to see the full text of the decision.

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