WANSTEAD: Work begins on Olympic police base

Workers and police on Wanstead Flats this morning

Workers on Wanstead Flats

WANSTEAD: Work begins on Olympic police base

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

CONSTRUCTION of a temporary Olympic police base on Wanstead Flats began this morning (June 23).

Around 30 workers are at the site putting up green wall panels, laying tarpaulin and installing cables in the ground.

There are also lorries, forklifts, portaloos and a digger on site.

The work is currently being monitored by two police vans.

When it is complete the base, which will be surrounded by an 11-foot high fence, will cover eight acres and provide a muster station for the police during the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Parliament granted a temporary suspension of a 136-year-old act which prohibits building on Epping Forest Land to allow police to begin construction.

The Save Wanstead Flats campaign fought an unsuccessful battle in the courts to prevent the base being built.

Their spokesman Kevin Blowe was on the Flats this morning. He said: “The police seemed curious as to why I was wandering around.

“I think they were there in case a large number of protesters turned up.

“My guess is that they will have completed a good deal of the work by the end of the weekend.

“It is particularly worrying to see them installing electricity cables in the ground because it just makes you think they are putting an infrastructure in place to make something like this possible again.”

The base will be allowed to stand for 90 days after which it must be removed and the Police will pay the City of London £170,000 in compensation.

Mr Blowe added: “We will continue to monitor the site over the coming weeks to see if people walking around the outside of the base are having their movements restricted by police.”

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3:00pm Sat 23 Jun 12

LakeBreeze says...

Worrying indeed that they are setting up an infrastructure that could be used again. When this thing is removed, they'd better makes sure EVERYTHING goes, underground cables and all. We can't have this setting a precedent. It's scandalous enough that the law was changed for this structure.
Worrying indeed that they are setting up an infrastructure that could be used again. When this thing is removed, they'd better makes sure EVERYTHING goes, underground cables and all. We can't have this setting a precedent. It's scandalous enough that the law was changed for this structure. LakeBreeze
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3:03pm Sat 23 Jun 12

LakeBreeze says...

Where did the first person's comment go, whom I referenced in mine? I should have quoted it. Censorship already?
Where did the first person's comment go, whom I referenced in mine? I should have quoted it. Censorship already? LakeBreeze
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1:26pm Sun 24 Jun 12

ClifftonX says...

I was walking around London on Saturday and was very concerned about the restriction to people's movements (no access to the Mall enforced by "security" guards, most of whom had the look that they had spent most of their time on the wrong side of the law) and the amount of surveilance cameras being installed. I very much doubt that these will be removed after the "games". The more one sees the affects of the Olympics, the more one assumes that it has been a Trojan horse to bring in the tools of mass subjugation of the British people.
I was walking around London on Saturday and was very concerned about the restriction to people's movements (no access to the Mall enforced by "security" guards, most of whom had the look that they had spent most of their time on the wrong side of the law) and the amount of surveilance cameras being installed. I very much doubt that these will be removed after the "games". The more one sees the affects of the Olympics, the more one assumes that it has been a Trojan horse to bring in the tools of mass subjugation of the British people. ClifftonX
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