Save Leyton Marsh campaigners to hold meeting

Leyton Marsh

Leyton Marsh

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

A CAMPAIGN group is inviting people to a meeting to discuss how best to protect green spaces in the future. Save Leyton Marsh is inviting anyone from Waltham Forest or Hackney concerned over the future of public land after the government built temporary basketball courts on Leyton Marsh prior to the Olympic Games. The development went ahead despite campaigners' protests that the land was not allowed to be built on after Waltham Forest Council gave permission after agreeing that London 2012 was an 'exceptional circumstance' which justified building. The meeting at The Mill community centre in Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, will address issues including wildlife habitat conservation, outdoor sports and physical recreation and is due to take place between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday.

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1:15pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Nancy Taaffe says...

I would suggest that they stand people in the next council election to stop future betrayals by the planning committee and the loss of any more public land and services.
The current mob don't give a fig......
I would suggest that they stand people in the next council election to stop future betrayals by the planning committee and the loss of any more public land and services. The current mob don't give a fig...... Nancy Taaffe
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6:46pm Sat 3 Nov 12

Sam Hain says...

Where on Leyton Marsh was this picture taken? It looks rather well-manicured. If it's the golf course behind the WaterWorks Nature reserve then I'm not sure this is the sort of facility that many of us would chain ourselves to the railings to protect, although I woudn't want it built on. In fact, where is Leyton Marsh? I always assumed that the area behind the ice rink where the temporary Olympic training facility was built was Walthamstow Marsh, and even there I'm sure the particular plot was formerly a football pitch. I think we need to be clear precisely what it is we're campaigning to protect. Open green space of course but surely some areas are more sacrosanct that others. I wasn't particularly worried about the temporary Olympic facility, given that it was temporary and came with an assurance that it would be removed, which it has been. However, I would be very concerned indeed about the fields where the cattle graze, which seems much more like original marshland, in a different category to a golf course or a football pitch. Can we be more specific please, and perhaps prioritise?
Where on Leyton Marsh was this picture taken? It looks rather well-manicured. If it's the golf course behind the WaterWorks Nature reserve then I'm not sure this is the sort of facility that many of us would chain ourselves to the railings to protect, although I woudn't want it built on. In fact, where is Leyton Marsh? I always assumed that the area behind the ice rink where the temporary Olympic training facility was built was Walthamstow Marsh, and even there I'm sure the particular plot was formerly a football pitch. I think we need to be clear precisely what it is we're campaigning to protect. Open green space of course but surely some areas are more sacrosanct that others. I wasn't particularly worried about the temporary Olympic facility, given that it was temporary and came with an assurance that it would be removed, which it has been. However, I would be very concerned indeed about the fields where the cattle graze, which seems much more like original marshland, in a different category to a golf course or a football pitch. Can we be more specific please, and perhaps prioritise? Sam Hain
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