Save Leyton Marsh Group decided that it was time to get out on the streets campaigning today, specifically to collect names for our petition demanding an immediate removal of the hazardous waste and restoration of the marsh to an open access public green space.
We received a tip off that the Mayor of London was visiting Wood St Market and decided to get down there to challenge him about what has happened to our marsh. Unfortunately at Wood St we discovered that the Mayor was indeed visiting…the mayor of Walthamstow (who, surprise surprise, didn’t know anything about Leyton Marsh)!
Well not to be put off, members of the group got down to St John’s Church in Hackney and collected petition signatures for three hours by the Saturday market. The reception was very encouraging and we collected a few hundred signatures.
Some of the group then headed off to Stoke Newington Literary Festival for a discussion of the true Olympic Legacy with Iain Sinclair and China Mieville. There we got to speak about the campaign and collected the signature of the author of Ghost Milk, Iain Sinclair who now joins Lindsay German (Stop the War Coalition), John Rees (Counterfire) and John Carlos (’68 athlete) as signatories.
So the question is – have you signed yet? You don’t have wait to be presented with the paper petition where you are – get online and sign!