Basketball Training Courts on Leyton Marsh:
As you will be aware many residents of Hackney have concerns about what is happening at the construction site for the Olympics basketball training courts on Leyton Marsh in neighbouring Waltham Forest.
The site has been closed for the last two weeks but construction is due to resume again imminently after injunctions taken out against protestors.
As you will be aware Leyton Marsh was used as a landfill site for bomb rubble during the war and afterwards. The original planning permission granted by Waltham Forest Council only specified a 15cm skim of topsoil. Currently mounds of soil several metres high are piled to the south of the site and clearly contain significant amounts of rubble. As the majority of this rubble originates from the period 1940-1960 when asbestos was commonly used, this exposed spoil and the lack of measures in place to deal with it safely are adding to our concern and that of other residents of the area.
We want to propose something that Hackney could positively do. We think it would be very helpful if Hackney’s Environmental Protection officers could liaise with their Waltham Forest counterparts. Hopefully as a result of this they can make a joint inspection of the site to discern if any risks exist and if so how to eliminate them.