Daily Archives: March 10, 2011

Open up the Lower Lea Marshes

We currently have a crucial chance to influence the future of our part of the Lee Valley Park. The Park Authority (LVRPA) has published proposals for its Park Plan which will set the agenda for the next 10­-15 years. The Lea Valley Federation, a coalition of local groups which MUG is part of, is organising a broad public response.

To hear and discuss the Lea Valley Federation’s ideas, please come to a public meeting at the Round Chapel School Rooms on Tuesday 15th March at 7.30 pm.
You can see the authority’s proposals this Friday (11 March, 2-7.30) and Saturday (12th, 10-2) at the Waterworks Centre. (If you want a more pleasant walk than the Lea Bridge Road, use the back entrance which is a turn off the path just north/west of Friends Bridge.) This is about what they are calling the Lea Bridge Road area, between Coppermill Lane in the north and Ruckholt Road in the south. They are consulting until 29 March.

The Lea Valley Federation wants to persuade the Park to look at how split up and fenced off many areas are, sometimes simply because the land is owned by varying authorities. There could be many more paths and connections. It could be possible to let people walk into the reservoirs from the south, or along the overflow channel, which could provide an off-road access to the Waterworks from the north. Instead of seeing the Lea Bridge Road as a place to build a cheap hotel, the Park could look at how to connect Hackney, Leyton and Walthamstow marshes for walkers. In particular, the old British Waterways site facing the Princess of Wales could be made into parkland — a counterweight to any buildings that eventually go up on Essex Wharf.

Millfields is officially part of the Regional Park, under the act of parliament which set it up, and though it’s not managed by the park authority, what happens just across the river is important for our park. The more open the land is, the more chance we have to defend it against future enclosures and encroachments. LVF has done a great job gingering up the park authority to do its job properly, so please do come, find out what’s going on, and lend your voice.

  • Park Authority’s proposals. The ‘Proposals Schedule’ summarises them.
  • The Federation’s response and other information are at www.leavalleyfederation.org under Consultations: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority – Lea Bridge Area proposals. Watch out for LVF’s leaflet ‘Lower Lea Marshes’, shown here, in local cafe’s etc.