This is the Weekly Digest of Save Lea Marshes - a campaign group of people local to the Lea Valley area, concerned to the keep the marshes and surrounding green spaces open and green.
This week we are mainly concerned with getting rapid response emails to the Planning Inspectorate - PINS, concerning Hackney Council's plans to build two car parks on East and North Marshes. THE CLOSING DATE IS TOMORROW AFTERNOON 12 SEPTEMBER. So if you have a few minutes to spare, please, please go to our website to see the pro-forma letter for you to send and to personalise if you have time. Please RT if you are on Twitter. You can also pledge to help by joining our Facebook event. The next stage of the process will be to go to Hackney Council and we have two separate petitions for people to sign if you haven't already done so - one for Hackney residents to go to the Council and one on Change.org.
LVRPA WORKSHOP - we are pleased to report a more positive meeting on 6 September than the previous two, according to people who attended. More of a chance to raise questions instead of just being lectured at. Hope this continues and gets better. Included in the discussion was the intentions of the LVRPA to take over some more of the Triangle Land on a lease to help protect the SSSI on Walthamstow Marsh. As reported last week, land has been gated off by Network Rail for reasons of rail safety and trespass but SLM would argue that it cuts off too much of the public access. Perhaps it could be nurtured as a more closed off space for nature? Debate will continue.
CHATSWORTH ROAD/ABNEY PARK - whilst the workshop was going on, other SLM members were out and about getting the message about the Hackney Marshes car parks across and getting paper petition's signed. We can report that very few people approached were in favour of the car parks.
NOTICING THE NOTICES - we are expecting to see notices go up about the pavilion and car park - so do look out for them e.g. around Millfields and Cow Bridge. There should be 21 days notice, so we estimate they should have been put up on 8th September ...
Sustainable Hackney "Green Drinks" Tonight (11 September), at the Eastern Curve Garden, Dalston Lane, Dalston E8 7- 11 p.m. for first discusions on Hackney's "Liveable Neighbourhoods Strategy".
Greenpeace are holding an "Artic Sunrise" evening of music, comedy and cakes at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, 53-55 Hoe Street, E17 4SA on Friday 26 September at 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost £7.00 and monies will go to refit the campaign ship.