Thursday, 4 September 2014

Crane Crash

Dear All,
I am writing with an update on the incident last week on Walthamstow Marshes when a crane servicing Springfield Marina went into a ditch.  
The crane was used by Lee Valley Marina – Springfield to mobilise vessels in and out of the water and is a fundamental part of the operations at any marina. This type of vehicle is used once every two to three months.
Unfortunately, despite an escort being provided to guide the driver, an accident occurred resulting in the crane in a ditch; part of Walthamstow Marshes. We would like to assure people that the driver was unharmed and the area was cordoned off immediately to ensure the safety of passers-by. The safety of the local community and people working within Lee Valley Regional Park is our priority along with the preservation of the surrounding flora and fauna in the area.
The damaged area was checked for breeding birds - none of which were found – and no pollutants were recorded. We are currently in contact with Natural England and the Environment Agency who are satisfied that the situation is in hand.
To recover the vehicle a minimal amount of the surrounding fencing and shrubbery was necessary to remove; however work to reinstate this will begin immediately. The crane was removed over the weekend, and the new fencing will be in place within two weeks - if not sooner.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience, which may have been caused and assure the local community that this situation is being dealt with as quickly as possible.
Best wishes
Gavin Johnson - South Ranger
Parklands and Venues
Direct line: 020 8988 7565
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Myddleton House,Bullscross, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9 HG
Telephone:01992717711 Fax:01992719937

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