Development row field in Wanstead 'neglected'

Wanstead Society claim Evergreen Field will become a breeding ground for vermin if grass is not cut regularly

Wanstead Society claim Evergreen Field will become a breeding ground for vermin if grass is not cut regularly

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A field at the centre of a development battle is being neglected, it is claimed.

The Wanstead Society has accused Dalco Developments of failing to maintain the plot, known locally as Evergreen Field, and say vermin could flourish.

A previous bid to build homes on the land in High Street, Wanstead, have been blocked and the company once said it had been contacted by a group which wants to build a mosque there.

The Wanstead Society, which was first formed to oppose development on the land, has planning permission for community use of the site.

The group is opposing an application by Dalco to erect a new fence around the site, claiming it would block peoples’ view of the field.

Society member Geoff Horsnell said: “The council have been asking the owner to come and talk about the fence with them.

“We know that there are rats and vermin on the site that will thrive if they don’t cut the grass.

“If anyone sees any rats or vermin around the site we are urging them to contact us so we can report it to the council and get them to cut the grass and look after the site a bit better.”

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4:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Shame the field is not sold to the community really, volunteers would probably tend it.
Shame the field is not sold to the community really, volunteers would probably tend it. Villagecranberry
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5:34pm Fri 28 Feb 14

cynicalsue says...

Probably deliberately letting it go to ruin so they will get their way. Hope it is compulsory purchased instead.
Probably deliberately letting it go to ruin so they will get their way. Hope it is compulsory purchased instead. cynicalsue
  • Score: 6

5:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

LakeBreeze says...

Dalco have, in my view, displayed an attitude of nothing less than contempt for both this field and the local community who are concerned about it and for whom it is part of their area and their history.

I agree with cynicalsue that perhaps the neglect is a deliberate attempt to run it into brownfield status and that would solve all their problems....

I also agree with VillageCranberry (something that doesn't happen every day!) that the best scenario would be for this land to be in community ownershop, something I have already expressed wanting to add to the money pot, and I would be positively honoured to be among those who might tend it ourselves, if that could ever come about.
Dalco have, in my view, displayed an attitude of nothing less than contempt for both this field and the local community who are concerned about it and for whom it is part of their area and their history. I agree with cynicalsue that perhaps the neglect is a deliberate attempt to run it into brownfield status and that would solve all their problems.... I also agree with VillageCranberry (something that doesn't happen every day!) that the best scenario would be for this land to be in community ownershop, something I have already expressed wanting to add to the money pot, and I would be positively honoured to be among those who might tend it ourselves, if that could ever come about. LakeBreeze
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Sat 1 Mar 14

LakeBreeze says...

Typo correction: that was meant to be "community ownership" not shop!
Typo correction: that was meant to be "community ownership" not shop! LakeBreeze
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7:44pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Cllrhatfull says...

Dalco investments believe that if they run down the site and neglect it, and put out scare stories they will get there way, and the community will agree to development. They are so wrong. This is a key community asset that is highly valued by residents and the community. As a Labour Councillor I can say 100% that any future Labour administration will do everything to fight any development on this site, and never ever remove the protection on this site. And I genuinely believe that a Tory Administration would take the same position. Development will never ever happen. Dalco knew this when they bought the site. They are sitting on a site that is a lame duke and will be for 100 years - due to its position and community importance. They should just sell it to the Council or the Community - so it can be used by all.
Dalco investments believe that if they run down the site and neglect it, and put out scare stories they will get there way, and the community will agree to development. They are so wrong. This is a key community asset that is highly valued by residents and the community. As a Labour Councillor I can say 100% that any future Labour administration will do everything to fight any development on this site, and never ever remove the protection on this site. And I genuinely believe that a Tory Administration would take the same position. Development will never ever happen. Dalco knew this when they bought the site. They are sitting on a site that is a lame duke and will be for 100 years - due to its position and community importance. They should just sell it to the Council or the Community - so it can be used by all. Cllrhatfull
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