Monday, 5 October 2015

SLM Digest 27-8-15

SLM Weekly Digest

Keep Our Marshes Open and Green!

This week we deal with the aftermath of the result of the Planning Inspectorate Inquiry (PINS), with either "glasses half full or empty".

We will be putting up further details and a copy of the report on our but in the meantime there is coverage in the Hackney Citizen 
and in the Hackney Gazette on p.4 "Marsh car park must go - but controversial pavilion is approved".  There is also a letter from Johnnie Walker, Chair of the Hackney and Leyton Sunday Football league gives his views (half a page of missing the point that under the Councils plans, football is losing more pitch space..). 

ALSO IN THE PRESS - both local Hackney papers have stories which merit attention.  P1 of the Gazette has a story of an "affordable home" in Hackney at £1m; and a feature on the proposed restoration of a Grade II listed Victorian coal house on the Woodberry Wetlands site.  The Citizen covers the campaign in the Theydon Road Area of Clapton against the North London Waste Plans (featured in last week's digest).  It seems that residential areas have been wrongly marked on a map as "preferred employment areas" (PEAs).  Local Councillors are on the case and it is likely that another local meeting be added to the list for locals to air their views.
Over in Waltham Forest, the Waltham Forest Guardian stories include:  Paul Osborn, Harrow Councillor is to take over as the new leader of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority including its three Olympic venues; there are calls for a special, express bus, the 558 from Chingford Mount to Seven Sisters to be retained after the rail/tube improvements get sorted out and on the River Lea, fire crews were called out to rescue a narrowboat that hit a boom. 

MINI HOLLAND - if people passing the Ice Rink on Lea Bridge Road, have been puzzled by the appearance of a hut and signs of work, this is to do with the forthcoming section of the cycle scheme.

GOING FOR A SONG - Charlotte Church has recorded a song for the Artic as part of a Greenpeace campaign to stop Shell drilling in the Artic.  To hear the song and sign the petition go to 

OUR PLANET - we have been sent a link courtesy of our friends of the Belair Park Campaign from Prime Meridian, with excellent pictures of our planet and details of climate changes see


There is a public information open day on September 10 from 3- 7.30 p.m. on 10 September (same date as the NLWP meeting in Haggerston), to follow up on plans for the new
Downsview (NoDownsview?) Primary School planned for Hackney Downs - entrance on Tiger Way.  Further details (featured in current issue of
Hackney Today on p 20).

Manor House Development Trust offer free wildlife food walks on the SECOND SUNDAY of every other month, along the New River, starting from the Castle Climbing Centre on Green Lanes and finishing at the Redmond Centre on Kayani Avenue, alternating with the London Wildlife Trust on the other  month with their wildlife walks which start at the LWT garden on Newnton Close see
Urban Harvest also have activities on the THIRD Sunday of each month
Free and no need to pre-book for the Manor House PACT or
Urban Harvest events.

Tree Musketeers Programme - next events are:  SATURDAY (not Sunday) 29 August 10.30-2.00 p.m. at the beautiful Hackney Tree Nursery.  Help water, stake and pot up and on SUNDAY 13 September meet at 10.30 at the Bowling Green on Hackney Downs for watering trees and general maintenance.  For further details on these and other up-coming "tree-mendous" activities go to or email

Chatsworth Road Festival is on Saturday 5 September.  Chatsworth Road, Hackney, E5.

Next SLM events are the regular meeting at the Princess of Wales at 7.30 on Monday 7 September and the gathering to celebrate the life of Katy Andrews from 6.30 on Leyton Marsh, near the Black Poplars bordering Walthamstow Marsh.  Bring songs, poems, food and drink to share (and something to take any litter home).

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