Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Rooms of our own comes to E17

Rooms of our own

More about the Lea Valley Park threats

Developments in the Lea Valley

The Lea Valley
Report on the article in the Evening Standard about the creation of thousands of new properties in the 'under utilised' Lea Valley with comment from SLM:

Lovely blog from Charlie about the beauty of unmown areas on our marshes:

The River Lee
An image of the absolute ecological devastation inside the Olympic Park, which hosted the 'greenest Olympics ever':

An article will also be appearing in WF Guardian about the Lea pollution and absurd of pouring in fluorescent dye to celebrate the 'ecology' of the new park.

Green Flag Awards

Why has Waltham Forest only managed to get 3 of its parks up to the Green Flag Award standard compared to Haringey's 16?

Green Flag Awards

Future of English Heritage

Future of English Heritage

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Walthamstow Marsh mowed

Walthamstow Marsh mowed

Ferry Lane Plans on display

Redevelopment of Ferry Lane: Planning Consultation 
Legal and General's application for the redevelopment of the Ferry Lane industrial estate in the Blackhorse Lane area is now available to view online on the Waltham Forest planning website - by visiting the website and searching for application number '2013/1004/OUT.  I have also asked the applicants to notify us of further consultation events in the local area. You can find the application online at the website.

St James Street Consultation

St James Street Consultation

There will be a Community Event in Coppermill Park on Sunday 28th July 2013 from 12 till 5pm. This will feature children’s activities, live music, information about St James Big Local Group and a Rose and Crown beer tent. For more information contact Tommy Anderson on 07506733392.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Kranji War Memorial

It is not till you visit the Far East do you realise the Second World War was even more fierce and horrendous than that in Europe. Singapore was taken over by the Japanese by working their way down through the jungles of Malay. When you see the jungle and experience the heat and wet you realise what an amazing achievement it was. The Americans played a huge part in the war while the British were trying to protect their territories in the Far East at the same time as fighting Hitler in Europe. The consequence of course was huge numbers of deaths which are marked in vast cemeteries.

Here in Singapore Kranji is but just one example of the soldiers that met their death thousands of miles away from home.

Fish dying in Lea

Lea Pollution

River Lea Pollution
Dear All,

I received helpful suggestions from Martin Slavin (Games Monitor) and from Nick Atkins (independent fish/river expert) that I forwarded to Maude Christophe. She seems happy to have received it.

If anyone would still like to contact her, I'm sure to would be appreciated. Thanks to those who have responded to me.

For your information, there is a film entitled 'Losing the Marshes' by Kym Oeser that is due to be released on 27th July. It has been five years in the making and details are online at

Nick Atkins mentioned that there was a fish kill by Springfield Marina yesterday, resulting from the hot weather and possibly raw sewage discharges into the Lea via Mosel Brooks after the storm on Monday night. The Environment Agency were pumping hydrogen peroxide into the river to re-oxygenate the water. If you see any evidence of fish kills, please phone the EA hotline: 0800 80 70 60. A grid reference of the location is very helpful.

Best wishes,

Still no footpath between Queens Rd and Central

Dear Neil,
At the last WFTLCG meeting, LOROL stated that the continuing delay in installing Oyster validators at the Edison Close station entrance was due to their awaiting permission from the Council. As you were not present, it was not possible to check this. LOROL also said that they also wished to install a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) but that too would need Council permission
Also, it appears that the Edison Close - Walthamstow Central footpath will not be ready by the end of next month, do you have another revised completion date from the developers?
Kind regards,
Glenn Wallis
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Some thoughts from the east....

Bollywood Veggies

Located in the north of Singapore is a fascinating attempt to prove food can be grown on the island and it should try to be more sustainable. How successful it is in changing minds is debateable, but as a place to visit it makes a good day out!!

The Botanical Gardens of Singapore

A wonderful place to while away a few hours in the heart of Singapore. It was one of the first places to develop orchids and now has large laboratories devoted to growing orchids.

Plan of the site

Mist House

River Lea pollution

River Lea Pollution

Pony Trekking in Lea Valley

Pony Trekking

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Stroll in the Lea Valley Park

New camping site

View of Walthamstow

Walthamstow's Travelodge

Horses at the riding centre

The boat people

Dog walking business

Springfield Marina

The tranquil River Lea