Screening of film about how Olympics affected Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes walk

Hackney Marshes walk - Credit: Archant

Kym Oeser began filming Losing the Marshes a year after the Olympic bid for London was accepted in 2007.

Hackney Marshes walk

Hackney Marshes walk - Credit: Archant

A two-hour documentary on how the Olympics has affected Hackney Marshes will be screened in public for the first time on Monday.

The film tells the story of East Marsh, which was concreted over to become a coach park during the Olympics, forcing amateur footballers who played there every weekend off the land.

A decision on whether or not to grant planning permission a new 60-space car park on East Marsh - which has already been built - will be made by councillors sitting on the planning committee this Monday.

While some footballers would like to see a car park put on the site to replace one which was previously there but in a different spot, there are campaigners who would like the marshes to be retained as a green open space.

Campaign group Save Lea Marshes (SLM) held a walk on Sunday to show support for keeping green open spaces. Along with the East Marsh car park, SLM’s members are opposed to Hackney Council’s planning application for a 68-space car park on Hackney Marsh near Cow Bridge.

The group walked from Leyton Marsh - the site of the Olympic basketball-training venue which campaigners say has still not been appropriately restored – and toured through some of the best loved spots on the marshes which they say are under threat of enclosure, development or destruction in both Hackney and Waltham Forest.

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The film will be shown at the Kenton Arms pub in Kenton Road, Homerton at 7pm on Monday September 9.