WANSTEAD: Green could become Olympics car park

WANSTEAD: Green could become Olympics car park

WANSTEAD: Green could become Olympics car park

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

AN HISTORIC green could become a car park for the Olympics, it has emerged.

More than 1,000 cars could be left on George Green, next to Wanstead Tube station, this summer as ticket-holders use the underground to travel to the Olympic Park in Stratford.

A total of 1,000 tourists are already expected to stay in two nearby campsites in the area.

Now Vision, which looks after Redbridge Council's Culture and Leisure departments, has written to landowner the City of London Corporation to check on the availability of the site – and others which are yet to be revealed.

Some residents expressed surprise and anger at the move.

The home of Doreen Golding, 70, of Gardener Close in Wanstead, overlooks the beauty spot.

She said: “We were expecting a big upheaval during the Olympics and this is it. Now we have to brace ourselves.

“I’ve seen a dual carriageway built under here against huge opposition and now there’s this.

“It’s not fair. The beauty of Wanstead is its green spaces and we could now see one go.”

Alan Cornish, 72, of St Mary’s Avenue, said: “It’s madness. I overlook George Green and it’s a beautiful space. What about all the people who walk across it all the time? It’s an absolutely appalling idea.”

Geoff Horsnell, of the Wanstead Society, stressed his opposition to the plan, but believes the City of London Corporation will not look favourably on the proposal.

He added: “I do think it would be an eyesore and the justification is poor because they have already allowed many people to pitch tents here, so they will be walking to the Tube.

“I’d be very much against the car park but I suspect the Corporation will not be in favour of it. They don’t like development on open spaces.”

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said: “A general enquiry has been raised with the Corporation of London because of the location of George Green in terms of transport links.

“Vision are looking at various opportunities in preparation for the Olympics and are exploring ideas and suggestions.”

The City of London Corporation recently allowed Wanstead Flats to be used as a police base during the games.

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Cricket and Football Club in Overton Drive was granted permission to turn its grounds into a temporary campsite with space for 500 pitches.

Eton Manor Rugby Club in Nutter Lane hopes to accommodate 200 tents on its own grounds, though a 4,000-tent campsite planned for Forest Road in Hainault was recently turned down.

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7:55pm Wed 29 Feb 12

LakeBreeze says...

NO. Just no. I for one have had enough of this carving up of our open green spaces. We've already had the public land of Wanstead Flats requisitioned, having to have a law changed to do so. And now they want to have George Green ruined by churning car wheels, left a complete wasteland, and the cost of restoring it?

NO.

Enough.
NO. Just no. I for one have had enough of this carving up of our open green spaces. We've already had the public land of Wanstead Flats requisitioned, having to have a law changed to do so. And now they want to have George Green ruined by churning car wheels, left a complete wasteland, and the cost of restoring it? NO. Enough. LakeBreeze
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12:58am Thu 1 Mar 12

dukes of hazzard says...

So travelers can't park there but fr the Olympics wears goingto allow anyone to ruin the peace and tranquility of The area
So travelers can't park there but fr the Olympics wears goingto allow anyone to ruin the peace and tranquility of The area dukes of hazzard
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8:23am Thu 1 Mar 12

UKIP-local says...

Isn't it interesting that public authorities are the worst despoilers of the country's best assets and yet they claim the right to tell the rest of us how to live.

Surely the whole point of designating spaces like this as special is to deter such damage. If special designation can be overturned to meet the unplanned needs of a minority who want to visit the Olympics, what protection has anything.

We are to pay hugely through our local and national taxes for this vanity project and now we also pay through loss of amenity.
Isn't it interesting that public authorities are the worst despoilers of the country's best assets and yet they claim the right to tell the rest of us how to live. Surely the whole point of designating spaces like this as special is to deter such damage. If special designation can be overturned to meet the unplanned needs of a minority who want to visit the Olympics, what protection has anything. We are to pay hugely through our local and national taxes for this vanity project and now we also pay through loss of amenity. UKIP-local
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8:48am Thu 1 Mar 12

myopinioncounts says...

If during the "Back the bid" campaign for the Olympics we had been told the actual cost in terms of money and the turmoil we would face would anyone have wanted to get it? It will prove to be the biggest white elephant ever.
If during the "Back the bid" campaign for the Olympics we had been told the actual cost in terms of money and the turmoil we would face would anyone have wanted to get it? It will prove to be the biggest white elephant ever. myopinioncounts
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8:57am Thu 1 Mar 12

mdj says...

..would anyone have wanted to get it?'
You'd have got it anyway: doesn't this feel like a softening-up exercise?
..would anyone have wanted to get it?' You'd have got it anyway: doesn't this feel like a softening-up exercise? mdj
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9:00am Thu 1 Mar 12

T. Watts says...

Just absolutely sick of this Olympics nonsense - we're all out of pocket, not just financially but culturally and environmentally by this big corporate jolly that ensures Coke, MacDonalds, Adidas etc. etc. etc. all gets loads of free advertising during this giant corporate junket (FYO 70% of 100m final tickets will go to them and the bigwigs of the IOC). However, the media ignore all this - we only get told the 'positives' of this nightmare and we're all the butt of this farce that maintains the Olympics is a good thing. Boycott it!
Just absolutely sick of this Olympics nonsense - we're all out of pocket, not just financially but culturally and environmentally by this big corporate jolly that ensures Coke, MacDonalds, Adidas etc. etc. etc. all gets loads of free advertising during this giant corporate junket (FYO 70% of 100m final tickets will go to them and the bigwigs of the IOC). However, the media ignore all this - we only get told the 'positives' of this nightmare and we're all the butt of this farce that maintains the Olympics is a good thing. Boycott it! T. Watts
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12:38pm Thu 1 Mar 12

NDevoto says...

I dread to think what the state of the lawns will be after all this and what is worse, we are paying for all this, and whatever will be needed to put it right after, yet locals are getting nothing in return but hassle and disruption.
I dread to think what the state of the lawns will be after all this and what is worse, we are paying for all this, and whatever will be needed to put it right after, yet locals are getting nothing in return but hassle and disruption. NDevoto
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12:58pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Kingfisher Bill says...

There should be a demonstration organised to protest against this.
Nobody locally has, is or will benefit from this extravagance.
There should be a demonstration organised to protest against this. Nobody locally has, is or will benefit from this extravagance. Kingfisher Bill
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9:48pm Fri 2 Mar 12

dukes of hazzard says...

T.watts. Just to add... I know from a friend who works for one of the principle sponsors that they have 21,000 tickets to use for the games. I've seen the paperwork.

Mcdonalds alone are bringing 2,000 of their best staff from acoss the globe to man the three eateries within the village and park. Hence the enormity of the advertising. All boroughs have to ensure that NO unauthorized ads appear in london and the other venues.
T.watts. Just to add... I know from a friend who works for one of the principle sponsors that they have 21,000 tickets to use for the games. I've seen the paperwork. Mcdonalds alone are bringing 2,000 of their best staff from acoss the globe to man the three eateries within the village and park. Hence the enormity of the advertising. All boroughs have to ensure that NO unauthorized ads appear in london and the other venues. dukes of hazzard
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11:15pm Fri 2 Mar 12

Kingfisher Bill says...

I have never been in one of their Restaurants and cannot understand the attraction.
I have never been in one of their Restaurants and cannot understand the attraction. Kingfisher Bill
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6:13pm Sat 3 Mar 12

dukes of hazzard says...

Kfb. 65 million people a day cant be wrong....
Kfb. 65 million people a day cant be wrong.... dukes of hazzard
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9:52pm Sat 3 Mar 12

Kingfisher Bill says...

dukes of hazzard wrote:
Kfb. 65 million people a day cant be wrong....
I assume you mean Kentucy Fried chicken?

Millions followed Hitler and er... they got it wrong?

In years to come, like smoking, future generations will look back and blame recent governments for not doing more to stop junk food.

Anyhow, do you know why KFC as a company changed their name from Kentucky Fried Chicken?

They wanted to remove the unhealthy 'Fried' as their profits were affected.
[quote][p][bold]dukes of hazzard[/bold] wrote: Kfb. 65 million people a day cant be wrong....[/p][/quote]I assume you mean Kentucy Fried chicken? Millions followed Hitler and er... they got it wrong? In years to come, like smoking, future generations will look back and blame recent governments for not doing more to stop junk food. Anyhow, do you know why KFC as a company changed their name from Kentucky Fried Chicken? They wanted to remove the unhealthy 'Fried' as their profits were affected. Kingfisher Bill
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10:12am Tue 6 Mar 12

Tom Thumb says...

Remember that the London Olympics were originally spun as the Greenest olympics ever, with hordes of happy Londoners cycling and walking to the site.

Instead we've ended up with no cycling infrastructure worth the name, a rash of last-minute car park applications for green space all over East London, private car lanes for corporate executives, and the involvement of junk food companies.
Remember that the London Olympics were originally spun as the Greenest olympics ever, with hordes of happy Londoners cycling and walking to the site. Instead we've ended up with no cycling infrastructure worth the name, a rash of last-minute car park applications for green space all over East London, private car lanes for corporate executives, and the involvement of junk food companies. Tom Thumb
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12:57pm Tue 6 Mar 12

malpasc says...

I thought this Olympics was supposed to be "The Public Transport Olympics"? If so then surely to encourage people to use public transport there should be NO parking facilities provided at all?
I thought this Olympics was supposed to be "The Public Transport Olympics"? If so then surely to encourage people to use public transport there should be NO parking facilities provided at all? malpasc
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6:33pm Tue 6 Mar 12

e17neighbour says...

All those 4000 luxury BMWs manufactured in Germany paid for by us need to be parked somewhere!

I for one am fed up of this. We've lost Leyton Marsh to the basketball centre. They are taking over Low Hall for an ILLEGAL 3 week music/camp site festival, our allotments were destroyed because of compulsory purchase too.

WHERE ARE LOCAL RESIDENTS MEANT TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER? All our green spaces have been robbed!
All those 4000 luxury BMWs manufactured in Germany paid for by us need to be parked somewhere! I for one am fed up of this. We've lost Leyton Marsh to the basketball centre. They are taking over Low Hall for an ILLEGAL 3 week music/camp site festival, our allotments were destroyed because of compulsory purchase too. WHERE ARE LOCAL RESIDENTS MEANT TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER? All our green spaces have been robbed! e17neighbour
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9:24pm Tue 6 Mar 12

dukes of hazzard says...

Kingfisher, I was actually refering to McDonald's but never mind. KFC changed their name, just as British telecom did to bt, just as British petroleum did to bp just as royal mail did to insignia, just as datsun did to Nissan, just as standard oil did to chevron, just as the Texas oil company did to texaco, just as Saudi Aramco did to British petroleum because they all feel the need to revitalize their brand and brand equity. Furthermore, brands have evolved over time, for example the two fast food places, well actually McDonalds don't like that they prefer to say good food fast. They all do so because they now offer much more than they did when they started out. I am sure general electric didn't think they would be one of the worlds largest finance companies when they started making white goods. As for nazi Germany... Really? Have you seen what the European union is trying to do? Same goal, different process. The fact is the games are meant to be green but whether we like it or not or transport infrastructure is worse than that of nazi Germany. Ten mins for a central line train - is that really acceptable. hence driving to somewhere near the games will be required. Let's just think how people it will bring to wanstead. And all of them can go to Starbucks get a £5 coffee and get on the train, eventually.
Kingfisher, I was actually refering to McDonald's but never mind. KFC changed their name, just as British telecom did to bt, just as British petroleum did to bp just as royal mail did to insignia, just as datsun did to Nissan, just as standard oil did to chevron, just as the Texas oil company did to texaco, just as Saudi Aramco did to British petroleum because they all feel the need to revitalize their brand and brand equity. Furthermore, brands have evolved over time, for example the two fast food places, well actually McDonalds don't like that they prefer to say good food fast. They all do so because they now offer much more than they did when they started out. I am sure general electric didn't think they would be one of the worlds largest finance companies when they started making white goods. As for nazi Germany... Really? Have you seen what the European union is trying to do? Same goal, different process. The fact is the games are meant to be green but whether we like it or not or transport infrastructure is worse than that of nazi Germany. Ten mins for a central line train - is that really acceptable. hence driving to somewhere near the games will be required. Let's just think how people it will bring to wanstead. And all of them can go to Starbucks get a £5 coffee and get on the train, eventually. dukes of hazzard
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