Guardian story – carried in your very paper

Cllr Marie Pye, cabinet member for housing, and L&Q have both denied any negotiations about replacing Pool & Track facilities have taken place.

Cllr Pye said: “That has never even crossed my mind. I have not talked to anyone about that and no-one has approached me to talk about putting housing on the Pool and Track site either.

“My concern is that I want to see L&Q and Bob Morton to get together and have a conversation about the future of the stadium.

“We need to stop this soap opera of rival press releases and claims in public like this. With the imagination that some of these people have they should write a book.”

Cllr Pye added that she was not aware of any immediate plans to close Pool and Track.

An L&Q spokeswoman said: “With regards to the Walthamstow Stadium site L&Q is not specifically considering a pool and/or track.

“We are considering a range of leisure uses and will be consulting residents on these proposals to ensure they meet local demand.”

Barrie Clegg, of SOS, said: “Our sources are very well placed so somebody’s not telling the truth.

“We sent Cllr Pye a letter of five simple questions and she has refused to answer any of them to us. Why refuse to answer if you haven’t got anything to hide?

“Our concern is that the council is doing things behind the community’s back with L&Q.”

SOS asked Cllr Pye if she backed a bid to buy the stadium and return dog racing to it and whether the council had any discussions with L&Q prior to their purchase of the site.

The stadium closed in 2008 following a decline in visitor numbers.

Campaigners claim the decrease was due to a lack of investment.

L&Q has said that dog racing will not return to the site while the housing association owns it.


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2 Responses to Guardian story – carried in your very paper

  1. Cllr. Pye be aware! There are people, some once very active in the Labour Party, who have been around Waltham Forest a long time. We don’t forget, have knowledge, experiance and are proud of our home in the East End. We will fight to save our heritage and architectural legacies.

  2. andy bishop says:

    I hope someone does write a book about the battle for the Stow and how local democracy can work for or fail local communities. Only the leader knows why he moved Cllr Pye. If she was any good and truly independant she could handle the Stow issue. Why is it the elected MP’s can listen to the people and certain councillors seem unable?. Is it because they must remain neutral until a council decision is made?. L and Q’s claim they are listening is frankly an insult. It is clear to most their proposals will not benefit the many locals who need improved housing as they will not be able to afford it. Thanks to SOS we have all seen the majority of the evidence and the councils planning decision will be under the severest of scrutiny.

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