NORTH WEALD: Olympic car park set for approval on airfield

North Weald Airfield

North Weald Airfield

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RECOMMENDATIONS have been made to turn part of North Weald Airfield into a giant car park for the London Olympics.

Under plans due to be considered by the district council's cabinet, space will be made for 3,500 cars on the airfield where a park and ride system of coaches will take people to the White Water Canoe Centre on the Waltham Abbey/Broxbourne border.

Epping Forest District Council, which owns the airfield, has promised the car park will not affect aviation activity or the weekend market, although it will have to pay out £4,000 in compensation for the loss of sports car and HGV activities.

The district council will not be paid itself as the Olympic Delivery Authority, which would create the car park, is a not-for-profit organisation.

North Weald parish councillor Peter Collins said: “There's mixed feelings on it. Personally I think it's good North Weald should be supporting the Olympics, certainly in one way or another. There are many people with a similar opinion.

“In some quarters there is some doubt that if you allow it to happen it might act as an encouragement for it to be used for other major park and ride requirements.

“It has been mooted in the past for park and ride for Stansted (Airport) although when it didn't get its second runway that idea drifted away.

“There's also the idea of doing it up for the trains and that's also a concern. It could open up the door for other things. However, we feel supporting the Olympics is a good thing.”

The park and ride route, which will operate for around two to three weeks during the 2012 Olympics, will run up the A414 to the M11, down to the M25 and through Waltham Abbey.

Mr Collins said it was important the route was enforced adding: “What we don't want is thousands of cars drifting through the village.”

The car park idea is recommended for approval by officers who state refusal could mean: “The council may be seen as not supporting the Olympic Games.”

A previous scheme to allow a large campsite on the airfield for 2012 was rejected last year over concerns it could interfere with aviation.

The new scheme will be discussed on Monday, October 25, at 7pm at the Civic Offices, in Epping High Street.

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2:22pm Fri 15 Oct 10

rubberneck says...

Just been announced that tickets are going to be 50 to 100 quid, reckon there will be a lot of empty seats!!!!! park down the side streets!
Just been announced that tickets are going to be 50 to 100 quid, reckon there will be a lot of empty seats!!!!! park down the side streets! rubberneck
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2:27pm Fri 15 Oct 10

Pamella says...

yes rubberneck, give the council an opportunity to have a field day handing out tickets! its a win win situation!



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yes rubberneck, give the council an opportunity to have a field day handing out tickets! its a win win situation! i Pamella
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2:34pm Fri 15 Oct 10

ConcernedofLoughton says...

rubberneck wrote:
Just been announced that tickets are going to be 50 to 100 quid, reckon there will be a lot of empty seats!!!!! park down the side streets!
The announcement says that two-thirds of the tickets will be under £50.
[quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Just been announced that tickets are going to be 50 to 100 quid, reckon there will be a lot of empty seats!!!!! park down the side streets![/p][/quote]The announcement says that two-thirds of the tickets will be under £50. ConcernedofLoughton
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4:11pm Fri 15 Oct 10

Eppingforest1234 says...

I think this is a good idea...it will help to reduce the number of cars about with the event at Waltham Abbey. Although, even with the park and ride in place, the roads are going to be at a complete standstill!
I think this is a good idea...it will help to reduce the number of cars about with the event at Waltham Abbey. Although, even with the park and ride in place, the roads are going to be at a complete standstill! Eppingforest1234
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10:53pm Fri 15 Oct 10

rubberneck says...

ConcernedofLoughton wrote:
rubberneck wrote:
Just been announced that tickets are going to be 50 to 100 quid, reckon there will be a lot of empty seats!!!!! park down the side streets!
The announcement says that two-thirds of the tickets will be under £50.
Will never happen. It is a massive party for the celebs and Great and the Good
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedofLoughton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Just been announced that tickets are going to be 50 to 100 quid, reckon there will be a lot of empty seats!!!!! park down the side streets![/p][/quote]The announcement says that two-thirds of the tickets will be under £50.[/p][/quote]Will never happen. It is a massive party for the celebs and Great and the Good rubberneck
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