Former Olympic site on Leyton Marsh rotting

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Marsh used as Olympic training site is rotting Marsh used as Olympic training site is rotting

A marsh controversially used as an Olympic training site is rotting four months after it was meant to be returned to its original condition.

Save Leyton Marsh campaigners have called on the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to install new turf on the section of the public space used for a basketball training court last year before the Games.

But the ODA has refused – only promising to monitor it.

Waltham Forest Council granted planning permission for the ODA’s proposals only on the basis that the land would be returned to “pristine condition” by October 15, 2012 – a deadline which was not met.

Now campaigners have discovered the replacement turf is rotting because rainwater cannot drain away through replacement topsoil, which is too compact.

It is also gathering above a thin membrane put down by construction workers to prevent asbestos found in the soil from being dug up.

The lack of drainage means that the marsh is now waterlogged and no air can circulate through the turf, causing it to rot.

Campaign group spokeswoman Caroline Day said: “The turf is rotting, they have damaged our marsh.

“The turf really needs to be removed. We’re so far down the line from the deadline and the ODA can see there’s problems so it’s not clear why they aren’t returning.

“We’re angry and upset because they’ve failed in their promise to return the land to its former condition.”

Fellow campaigner Claire Weiss added: “It’s worse than leaving us with no legacy at all. The marsh is in a mess.”

An ODA spokeswoman said it has carried out the reinstatement plans agreed with Waltham Forest Council.

She added: “However, we continue to monitor the situation, and are in discussion with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority about a maintenance programme to achieve the best ground conditions possible, once the impact of heavy rainfall during the winter months has lessened.

“The whole of Leyton Marsh continues to be open to the public and used by local people.”

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1:32pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Ahhhh..the Legacy, the Legacy!
Ahhhh..the Legacy, the Legacy! Cornbeefur
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4:04pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Techno3 says...

The clue is in the name. It is a marsh. If everyone leaves it alone, nature will take its course and within a few years it will be full of marsh plants and wildlife.
The clue is in the name. It is a marsh. If everyone leaves it alone, nature will take its course and within a few years it will be full of marsh plants and wildlife. Techno3
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7:41pm Wed 20 Feb 13

mdj says...

The clue may be the membrane. A mine-sweeping type of exercise with pointy sticks may be the answer.
The clue may be the membrane. A mine-sweeping type of exercise with pointy sticks may be the answer. mdj
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9:06pm Wed 20 Feb 13

hatemordor says...

And underneath the membrane concrete dust and ash (recycled construction waste) that the ODA decided to use instead of soil. You don't get many plants growing in plastic and concrete really.
And underneath the membrane concrete dust and ash (recycled construction waste) that the ODA decided to use instead of soil. You don't get many plants growing in plastic and concrete really. hatemordor
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7:51am Thu 21 Feb 13

Alan_1976 says...

Techno3 wrote:
The clue is in the name. It is a marsh. If everyone leaves it alone, nature will take its course and within a few years it will be full of marsh plants and wildlife.
As per the last two I think you'll find the "clue" is in the content of the article. Plastic doesn't tend to break down in a few years.

Unless you left out the word thousand. In a few thousand years it will be back to normal.
[quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name. It is a marsh. If everyone leaves it alone, nature will take its course and within a few years it will be full of marsh plants and wildlife.[/p][/quote]As per the last two I think you'll find the "clue" is in the content of the article. Plastic doesn't tend to break down in a few years. Unless you left out the word thousand. In a few thousand years it will be back to normal. Alan_1976
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10:05am Thu 21 Feb 13

tjm01 says...

Can I ask a question? is it possible that due to the vast amount of rainfall over the last 6-8 weeks, that like many other places(I:E Wanstead flats, Aldersbrook Rd) the ground has become waterlogged and as a result puddles/pools of water are forming, maybe as the rainfall decreases and the water starts to drain away the situation may improve?
Can I ask a question? is it possible that due to the vast amount of rainfall over the last 6-8 weeks, that like many other places(I:E Wanstead flats, Aldersbrook Rd) the ground has become waterlogged and as a result puddles/pools of water are forming, maybe as the rainfall decreases and the water starts to drain away the situation may improve? tjm01
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2:58pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Techno3 says...

Alan_1976 wrote:
Techno3 wrote:
The clue is in the name. It is a marsh. If everyone leaves it alone, nature will take its course and within a few years it will be full of marsh plants and wildlife.
As per the last two I think you'll find the "clue" is in the content of the article. Plastic doesn't tend to break down in a few years.

Unless you left out the word thousand. In a few thousand years it will be back to normal.
There are a number of wild plants which will make short work of a plastic membrane. Some will find their way through concrete.
[quote][p][bold]Alan_1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Techno3[/bold] wrote: The clue is in the name. It is a marsh. If everyone leaves it alone, nature will take its course and within a few years it will be full of marsh plants and wildlife.[/p][/quote]As per the last two I think you'll find the "clue" is in the content of the article. Plastic doesn't tend to break down in a few years. Unless you left out the word thousand. In a few thousand years it will be back to normal.[/p][/quote]There are a number of wild plants which will make short work of a plastic membrane. Some will find their way through concrete. Techno3
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7:25pm Thu 21 Feb 13

hatemordor says...

It's worth visiting the site and then you will see the contrast between the parts of Leyton Marsh not used for development and the area built on for the courts/ car park; there is no problem with waterlogging/ rotting on the area unaffected by the construction and plenty of wildflower species can be seen in the grass.
It's worth visiting the site and then you will see the contrast between the parts of Leyton Marsh not used for development and the area built on for the courts/ car park; there is no problem with waterlogging/ rotting on the area unaffected by the construction and plenty of wildflower species can be seen in the grass. hatemordor
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