Thursday, 2 March 2017

Even More developments

Here are some horror stories:


Waltham Forest Council Cabinet, in advance of considering the so-far-undisclosed outcomes of the recent Lea Valley Eastside "Vision" public consultation, met yesterday to decide on the shape of a new Lea Bridge Town Centre. The attached image shows a proliferation of tower blocks straddling the Lea Bridge Road/ Argall Way/ Orient Way junction and the Lea Bridge station. A main decision of the Cabinet meeting was to delegate to officers the disposal of three triangles of Waltham-Forest-owned land upon which the proposed structures are reportedly going to be built. The idea apparently is to spend some of the income gained on knocking down the new Lea Bridge station and shifting it along a bit to make room for these developments. But the new town residents won't be allowed to own cars and will be limited to 125 litres of water per day in the interests of environmental sustainability.

Note that the attached illustration also shows, in the centre foreground, the LVRPA-owned Waterworks Centre grounds on Leyton Marsh (protected as Metropolitan Open Land) as already built on. Such a proposal is already the subject of fierce opposition from across the Lea Valley.
I have asked the WF Lea Bridge Ward councillors to invite a member of the Cabinet to the next WF Lea Bridge Ward Forum (Wednesday 22nd March) to explain why the Lea Bridge Town Centre was not described in this way in the Lea Valley Eastside "Vision", and why the Cabinet is aparently sidestepping the outcomes of that public consultation. People may remember that the Vision consultation timescale was extended by a month, but it would seem that the Cabinet has not recognised this.

Claire Weiss



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