Olympics build on Leyton Marsh gets green light despite protest
Olympic bosses have won the right to build a giant basketball hall on Leyton Marshes despite widespread protest from park users and Upper Clapton residents.
Planning permission was granted for the temporary venue behind the ice rink on Lea Bridge Road at Waltham Forest Council on Tuesday February 7.
More than 1,250 people signed a petition against the proposals and a demonstration was held outside the meeting.
Hackney councillor Ian Rathbone said: “For us in this area it is the thin end of a wedge into building all over green space and putting up high rise blocks on both sides of Lea Bridge Road and the banks of the Lea.”
Supporters of the Olympic Delivery Authorities’ plans said the Games created special circumstances and the green space would returned to its original condition.
You may also want to watch:
An ODA spokesman said it would work to keep any impact on the Marsh to “an absolute minimum” and “restore the land to public use as soon as possible after the Paralympic Games”.
- 1 Prospect of £10K fine after Stamford Hill wedding
- 2 Man sentenced for assault on Homerton Hospital nurse
- 3 Police seize lock and 'Rambo-style' knifes in London Fields
- 4 Man sentenced after teenage boy groomed on Snapchat to sell heroin
- 5 Investigation launched after Stamford Hill lockdown wedding
- 6 Hackney surgery named GP Team of the Year
- 7 Islington man sentenced for antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill
- 8 Covid fines worth £39K handed out in Hackney and Tower Hamlets
- 9 Campaigners launch legal challenge against Hackney LTNs
- 10 Man wrestled to floor during attempted robbery in Finsbury Park