Sunday, 10 August 2014

SLM Weekly Digest - 1-8-14

This is the Weekly Digest of Save Lea Marshes - a group of local people in the Lea Valley who came together over the building of the Olympic Basketball Training Facility on Leyton Marsh in 2012 as the Save Leyton Marsh Campaign and have since continued as Save Lea Marshes to work towards further threats to the marshes and green spaces in the area.  Please see our website for news of our work, links with other campaigns and our new sales page which helps to fundraise our work.
This is a short digest - I have lack of time this week.  Issues that continue to be tackled by correspondence and discussed have included use of the Olympic Development Authority (ODA) by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority e.g. the commission of a sculpture on Leyton Marsh.  Responses have been received to Freedom of Information Requests (FOI's), indicating that the LVRPA think that they have consulted but didn't get enough feedback from the local community...  So obviously, they would like even more correspondence about what people don't like...  The first sculpture "workshop" will take place on 3 August as part of the Haystack Event.
FUNDRAISING - as mentioned last week, members of SLM went to a local pub quiz and were successful again with winning First Prize - the pot of takings for our funds.  Sadly, there were only two other teams, so the winnings amounted to about £25.00.
PETITIONS OF THE WEEK - First, more news this week of the Government's Fracking ideas.  Whilst some sites might be protected, their is a lot of less protected greens that might be up for grabs.  If you want to let Mr. Cameron and his government to know how strongly you feel about this issue go to
Second, the UK Parks petition "Save Our Parks" - protect and invest in the UK's green spaces;  help prevent parks slide into decline and make parks a general election issue.  Support and publicise   For further information go to
Linked to the above it is "Love Parks Week" - there is a "Save our Parks Picnic" at Parliament Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank SWI (south side, behind the H. of P. and 5 minutes from Westminster Underground Station).  Sunday 3 August from 12 - 3 p.m.  Bring food and drink to share.
Next meeting of SLM - open to all - will be at the Hare & Hounds,  Lea Bridge Road, Leyton at 7.30 p.m. on Monday  11 August.

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