Author Archives: Caroline Day

Bear Witness

Yesterday, Save Lea Marshes bore witness to the Lee Valley Regional Park’s continued attempts to commodify our open green spaces. We went to look at the temporary campsite at the Waterworks Centre. What shocked me most was the infrastructure. The … Continue reading

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Open Letter to LVRPA re Lack of Community Engagement

Dear Shaun Dawson, We are writing to express our ongoing dismay at the LVRPA’s continuing erosion of meaningful community engagement in the lower Lea Valley, particularly with regards to Walthamstow Marsh, Leyton Marsh and the Waterworks and Filter Beds Nature … Continue reading

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River Lea Oil Spill: Authorities must adopt a new approach to prevent future disasters

– AN OPEN LETTER TO – Government and Opposition: Environment Agency: • Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive • Dr Toby Willison, Executive Director of Operations • Sarah Chare, Director Operations South East • Simon Hawkins, Deputy Director Hertfordshire & North … Continue reading

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Countryside Live: Driving Us Wild?

In 2012, following more than a year of local opposition, the “temporary” Olympic Basketball Training Facility, stood, fenced and controlled by security guards, like an open prison.  It was rumoured to have cost in the region of £5m but was … Continue reading

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Our response to the LVRPA’s draft Biodiversity Action Plan

Since its inception, Save Lea Marshes has banged on the LVRPA’s door and asked to join conversations about how the marshes are managed. Our entreaties have, largely, gone unheard. And then we discovered that the LVRPA was consulting on its … Continue reading

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Wetlands Licence

Whilst we look forward to the upcoming opening of the Wetlands, we are disappointed to hear that the application for an extensive entertainment licence has been granted there and we expect the London Wildlife Trust to put wildlife before human … Continue reading

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Help Crowd Fund Legal Case to Stop Waterworks Sell Off

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stop-the-lvrpa-developing-metropolitan-open-land/ Text below from the Crowd Justice page, by Abigail Woodman, on behalf of SLM. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) is planning to sell the Waterworks Centre and surrounding open green space for development. This is wrong, and … Continue reading

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Community Picnic 20th August

Join us for a picnic! Save Lea Marshes is organising a picnic on Sunday 20 August, from midday, on the open green space in front of the entrance to the Waterworks Centre. Leave your barbecue at home and bring food, … Continue reading

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A Victory Followed By Worrying Developments

We are pleased that the decision to refuse the car wash has been upheld and what’s more on grounds which uphold the legal protections for Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). However, running contrary to the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to safeguard MOL, … Continue reading

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Car Wash: Appeal Dismissed by Planning Inspectorate

      The appeal lodged by the car wash business that operated on Leyton Marshes car park, in front of the Lee Valley Ice Centre,  has been refused by the Planning Inspectorate. Waltham Forest Council refused planning permission for … Continue reading

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