Monday, 4 May 2015

SLM Digest 16-4-15


This is the Weekly Digest of Save Lea Marshes – an open group of people in the Lea Valley Area striving to keep the local marshes and other green spaces as places where wildlife can survive and people can have a place to relax and enjoy, now and in the future.  Find out more about our work on our website

We’re starting this week with a little quiz – guess the place described (in a David Attenborough voice):|  “Here, surrounded by scenic river paths, vast open grasslands and nature reserves, it’s hard to believe you are approximately 12 minutes from Liverpool Street Station”.  I’m sure that you have guessed by now that this is estate agents bollocks describing the Essex Wharf development – now known as “The Wharf”.  Lie number one is that it is approximately 12 minutes from Clapton Station (here’s a challenge?).  The description continues:  “Set in Clapton’s Lea Bridge Neighbourhood (land is owned by Waltham Forest), and bordering the fashion forward area of Hackney, The Wharf is well positioned in one of London’s most rapidly developing neighbourhoods.. A serene escape from the pulse of the city along the tranquil River Lea, with colourful houseboats, scenic towpaths and a huge open marshes feature prominently.. (does not mention the proximity to the Lea Bridge Road, with its lively flow of colourful vehicles or the beautiful view of the industrial chic style Ice Centre ), .. and the local neighbourhood of Chatsworth Road..” I clicked on this as a side-bar, accidently, whilst looking at the Waltham Forest Guardian. 

IN THE PRESS – not much this week, although there is a story in the Waltham Forest Guardian about proposals for the St. James car park site, particularly concerning one bid from a charity called Rooms of Our Own, who want to set up a women’s centre and business outlets and 47 housing units.  Waltham Forest Council, says:  “no firm offer yet – considering other options”.

NEWS FROM MABLEY GREEN – our friends from Mabley Green have informed us that they organised a volunteer planting session for a mobile garden sited at Chobham Manor Academy last Wednesday.  It arrived too late to put in the digest, but this is an ongoing project.  We also hear that the Ping Pong sessions are going well (Fridays after 5.00 p.m. E9 5RN) and that volunteer helpers would be welcomed.  On the matter of the Edible Park and the Sports Turf, previously featured in the Weekly Digest, there is no news from Hackney Council.  Work was supposed to have started between November 2014 and January 2015.

EVENTS – on Saturday 18 April there is an Urban Harvest organised Wild Food ID walk and picnic, starting off at 1.00 p.m. prompt from the Lea Valley Ice Centre E10 7QL.  The organiser will be bringing her own wild salad samples with her to aid identification.  Please bring food and drink as the walk will finish in a nice spot for a picnic.
Suffering the effects of austerity?  Don’t let it get you down, seek like-minded friends at a meeting called “The People’s Alternative to Austerity”, happening on Monday 27 April from 7.00-9.00 p.m. at the Professional Development Centre, Hackney.  Speakers from The Green Party and TUSC.  R.S.V.P. and details from
If you live in the St. James area of Walthamstow, you can find out about what’s happening with the Big Local initiative and the Heritage Lottery bid as well as other planning for the neighbourhood on Wednesday 29 April at 7.30 p.m., Harmony Hall, Truro Street E17 7BY.  Details

Creating Connections – this is the title of a networking meeting for representatives of local voluntary and community groups to get together with academics from Universities of East London and the UCL.  Date:  Wednesday 29 April 6.00 to 8.00 p.m., Stratford Library, The Grove E15 1EL.

Next SLM Meeting will be on Monday 27 April at 7.30 at the Princess of Wales pub, Lea Bridge Road, new people always welcomed.

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