Monday, 25 February 2013

The view from the bridge: new Lea Bridge heritage resource

A new website, the view from the Bridgehas been launched to promote the heritage and  history of the Lea Bridge area. 

Like many 'edgelands', Lea Bridge is an undervalued and little understood area. Nevertheless, it possesses a rich history, with many surviving buildings and features of historic and architectural significance. 

The site covers a wide range of topics including the built and natural environment, Lea Bridge Waterworks and the history of the River Lea as it flows though the area. It is is designed to inform and educate, promote debate, and influence decision making. 

Underlying the work is a belief that history and heritage should be given a much higher priority in decisions that affect the area, in order to avoid unnecessarily harmful or ill-informed change. It is not about promoting heritage as all important; nor is it against positive change.

The site is a 'work in progress' that will hopefully be adapted and extended over the coming months and years.  There are feedback pages if you have recollections, comments, contributions or corrections to make. Photographs, family histories and personal recollections are particularly welcome. 

Do take a look.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

time to show your love for the river lea


We took this picture on Saturday afternoon (16th Feb) at 3pm on the Lea, between Markfield and Springfield parks. The lea seems particularly polluted at the moment from a number of sources and it's very sad to see it taking its toll on our river life.

There are a number of local groups, in particular the wonderful Love The Lea, campaigning for a cleaner, healthier Lea. But it needs us all to act. We're reported this particular incident to the Environment Agency. If you also see pollution - please report too by emailing Environment Agency or phoning its 24/7 Incident Hotline on freephone 0800 80 70 60.


Wick Village blog has posted more images of dead animals floating in the Lea: wick village

The Canal & River Trust have sent us the following:-

Litter is a very real problem on our waterways. Every year we spend a significant amount of money and time clearing fly-tipped rubbish, plastic bags and other debris from the canals, rivers and towpaths in our care. Any discarded rubbish blown in from the streets gets caught in the water, so in each area we’re dealing with a whole community’s littering.
As the Lee Navigation travels towards the Thames, it carries with it litter from further upriver, which collects at locks and weirs and gets trapped in undergrowth. We carry out a weekly clear-up by boat, concentrating on the main problem areas at Lee Bridge Weir and Old Ford Lock. We are currently in talks with our contractor to have two boats out solidly for two weeks of every month during the summer weed season, between 1 April and 30 September, which will scoop up weed and rubbish.
During the Olympics, external funding was allocated by the Olympic Delivery Authority to keep the waterways free from weed and rubbish, and contractors carried out a daily service.
As a charity, we do not have the resources to carry out everything we would like to do. We work with some fantastic volunteers and partners, including Thames 21, and have a number of community clean-ups along the Lee which we encourage people to get involved in. Of course with more support and funding we could do much more.
Sam Thomas, maintenance manager “It’s a never-ending task for me, my team and the many local volunteers who work with us to clear up after the inconsiderate minority who think it’s acceptable to drop litter. We hugely appreciate the support we get and would encourage people who care about the Lee to get involved and help us.”
Find out more about volunteering with the Canal & River Trust at: For volunteering with Thames 21 please visit:
If you see any instances of pollution on the Lee, please contact the Environment Agency’s hotline on 0800 80 70 60. 

The Environment Agency SE has advised it has been inspecting the Lea, that the oxygen levels are nornal, but it is continuing to investigate.

Monday, 4 February 2013

visit to lea bridge waterworks

A small group including local residents, amenity group members and councillors were given a tour of Lea Bridge Waterworks today, organised by local activist Katy Andrews and facilitated by Thames Water. Here are a few of the pictures we took.

kestrel at lea bridge waterworks

This photo of a kestrel was taken this morning at lea bridge waterworks.