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Bearing Witness

Yesterday, Save Lea Marshes bore witness to the Lee Valley Regional Park’s continued attempts to commodify our open green spaces. We went to look at the temporary campsite at the Waterworks Centre. What shocked me most was the infrastructure. The … Continue reading

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Open Letter to the LVRPA re Lack of Community Consultation

Dear Shaun Dawson, We are writing to express our ongoing dismay at the LVRPA’s continuing erosion of meaningful community engagement in the lower Lea Valley, particularly with regards to Walthamstow Marsh, Leyton Marsh and the Waterworks and Filter Beds Nature … Continue reading

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River Lea Oil Spill: Authorities must adopt a new approach to prevent future disasters

– AN OPEN LETTER TO – Government and Opposition: Environment Agency: • Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive • Dr Toby Willison, Executive Director of Operations • Sarah Chare, Director Operations South East • Simon Hawkins, Deputy Director Hertfordshire & North … Continue reading

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Countryside Live: It’s Not That Wild!

By Celia. In 2012, following more than a year of local opposition, the “temporary” Olympic Basketball Training Facility, stood, fenced and controlled by security guards, like an open prison.  It was rumoured to have cost in the region of £5m … Continue reading

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Our response to the LVRPA’s draft Biodiversity Action Plan

Since its inception, Save Lea Marshes has banged on the LVRPA’s door and asked to join conversations about how the marshes are managed. Our entreaties have, largely, gone unheard. And then we discovered that the LVRPA was consulting on its … Continue reading

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Our Official Response to the New Local Plan: Direction of Travel

Dear London Borough of Waltham Forest, We are writing in response to your ‘New Local Plan – Direction of Travel’ document and the response it has elicited from the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA). We have not read the … Continue reading

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A personal response to the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s New Local Plan – Direction of Travel consultation

A local plan is a plan for the future development of the local area, drawn up by the Local Planning Authority. It guides decisions on whether or not planning applications can be granted. It is, in other words, the thing … Continue reading

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