L&Q’s plan for the Iconic Walthamstow greyhound stadium have totally collapsed and are highly likely to be withdrawn. Saveourstow has exposed total flaws in L&Q plans with even the submission by Conran & partners (who have no experience in housing estates) not completed to proper scales. English heritage has reported grave reservations concerning housing in the centre and the 8 story high rise to the side . The GLA have also failed the plans under theLondonplan. L&Q will now make losses of over 40 million with reduced housing. It’s now time for them to honor the residents wishes and sell to Mr Bob Morton and his RSL partner whose pre application has been lodged with the council. L&Q’s plans would be rejected if they dare go to planning despite trying to hood wink the public by withholding the viability of their so-called 50 million developments with the help of the local council. We call upon the council to reveal the multi million losses of the site to the tax payer and ask why this is the only site to have this with holding of disclosure in the borough’s history. We also ask that the council stop trading behind closed doors and allowing one public funded organization to trade off against another public body to hide and bury losses. Mayor Johnson was at the stadium touting for votes to be Mayor and yet allows this farce to continue with tax payer money wastage mounting by the day under his watch.
We also call upon Turloch O’ Brien chairman of L&Q to sack his CEO David Montague (tax payer funded £250,000 a year salary) and responsible for this total sham and ripping off the tax payer with the decision to buy the ill- fated site for 18.1 million and now worth only 7.5 million. The site is not viable for housing numbers that L&Q need – they started at 500 houses then down to 300 and now down probably to 200 with revised plans to come and still they cannot obtain planning permission.
Conran & partners have wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds of tax payer money with their ill fated planning and L&Q now over 25 million of tax payer money which is a total disgrace and L&Q should be stripped of funding by Parliament. L&Q have also spent hundreds on consultants reports all funded by the tax payer on this site to try and discredit Mr Morton and his RSL partner.
During the housing association plans, the council has removed the housing portfolio holder who was helping L&Q by email evidence and L&Q’s Director was also caught out by email trying to fix planning dates and trying to glean intelligence fromWalthamforest Council on certain sites to stop the residents objecting to their plans. All the evidence came to light under the freedom of information act request by saveourstow and resident partners of the Borough.
L&Q have been forced to apologise to government ministers for their actions and are simply hated by the residents of the Borough of Waltham forest with many comments on the local paper website. L&Q are now back to land banking with over three architects and consultations later and they have reduced the iconic stadium to an eyesore.
L&Q also lied to the residents and put over 500 locals on long term benefits and destroyed the night time economy of the Borough. L&Q were in fact in pre application talks as far back as 14th May 2007 with Waltham forest council concerning the stow while it was still operating , employing the residents of the borough, and entertaining record crowds. This fact was again disclosed under the freedom of information act.- making their whole reason for a change of use of the stadium a” sham”
Saveourstow now urge the chairman of L&Q to go into direct talks with Mr Bob Morton and his RSL partner and save the tax payer further losses. We also call upon councilors now to play apart and represent the residents who handed in the 20,000 petition via Iain Duncan-Smith and the then Labour MP Neil Gerrard.