Saturday, 26 April 2014

the 1979 battle to save walthamstow marshes

In 1979, the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority proposed to extract gravel from the Marsh and to then develop playing fields and a lake. The Greater London Council refused planning permission on 4th february 1980. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority appealed to the Department of the Environment in August 1980 with a public enquiry held in the summer of 1981. This led to the designation of the Marshes as a SSSI in 1985 and as a Nature Reserve in 1986, following the Park Plan Review. more details at: Lea Bridge Heritage

We came across this film via twitter. A useful reminder of the thanks we owe the campaigners, past and present , battled against the threats to our marshes.

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