Monday, 18 July 2016

SLM Digest 11-7-16

Hello all,

Apologies for the lack of digest over the last couple of weeks. Our trusty Celia has her arm in a cast and I've been unable to fill her shoes.

Although this is not a proper digest, I thought I'd put together for you a few highlights of the week, plus important news:

Free School

You may have seen earlier in the week that Cllr Rathbone sent round the proposals for a free school on the Clancy Docwra site. There are many concerns about this, summed up in the email objection circulated from Campaign to Protect Rural England. Whilst it is a brownfield site, it is protected Metropolitan Open Land. Local groups will be convening to discuss the issue and the NUT has also been contacted.

Beautiful Migration

A real highlight of the week was the visit of a rare rose finch to Walthamstow Marshes, a story covered in Loving Dalston here: A solo East European migrant draws watchers to a willow tree in Walthamstow Marshes
 
 
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We'll Meet You About the Car Wash, Yeah!

This week SLM reps visited the AGM of Lee Valley Regional Park. We spoke against the recently installed car wash which contravenes MOL guidance, the Park Act and the London Plan as well as adding to pollution and undermining the purpose of the Mini Holland improvements.  Images of the car wash were handed out to the LVRPA members at the meeting. We'll keep you posted on any response.

No Minutes to Lose

We also spoke at the AGM regarding the minutes from the last Authority meeting where it was agreed that the new ice centre would not encroach beyond the 'red line' outlined on the map of Leyton Marshes and would not extend north onto Leyton Marsh.

Despite these promises being excluded from the minutes, after the intervention, the members voted to agree the inclusion of the statements made into the minutes which will be amended accordingly.

Tales from the Marsh

10 July 2016,2.30pm,
Coppermill Field, Coppermill Lane, London, E17 7HE
FREE – but tickets must be booked in advance.
From the Ground Up explores the magnetic pull of Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes. Made in collaboration with three local groups, Made in collaboration with three local groups, older people and women and daughters, both based at The Mill, and a group of teenagers from Llamas school
Through creative workshops and walking conversations, Siobhan O’Neill has carved out a space for inhabitants to reflect on their diverse lived experiences of the Marshes. From intimate stories to political provocations, these narratives unearth a strong bond to common land, simmering anxiety over urban development and an intense need to connect with the natural environment.
Live performance, reminiscence, image, poetry and landscape combine to create a quirky and poignant evocation of this urban wildness.

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