Waltham forest council who encouraged L&Q to buy walthamstow stadium covered up a recent government agency report from the public and now the planning department have “lost” all objections from residents concerning the stow car park application. Waltham forest council is now riddled with scandal concerning this site and we call upon Eric Pickles for a public enquiry into the council.
The recent confirmation from the Environment Agency that L&Q’s
residential development proposals do not meet EA flood risk parameters could prove to bring another significant financial burden onto the already massively un-viable scheme.
Flood risk assessors have advised SOS that the flood capacity that the stadium used to afford to the river Ching will be removed via the proposed development. Without reinstatement of this capacity local houses will be prone to flooding. Our advisors think that the only ways L&Q can deal with this is either by an offsite purchase of land where flood water could be diverted, and this will only work if an appropriate piece of land is available in the correct relationship to the river from the site, or by the construction of a giant flood
attenuation tank under the proposed housing.
The creation of such a facility will cost millions of pounds and
excavation works would likely take months, bringing massive noise,
dirt and traffic disruption to the vicinity. Another exceptional cost
loaded onto this ill fated and ill-conceived project.
L&Q say they are in ongoing negotiations with the EA to resolve the
Flood Risk issues. How can they justify that statement when in the
summer of 2011 they submitted a full planning application for a
project that they presented on the basis that all the flooding issues
had been resolved? Isn’t the truth that their flood experts had
advised them this would be satisfactorily negotiated with the EA and that simply has not happened? Yet another huge due-diligence mistake which will be paid for by the tax payer funded reserves.
SOS applaud the EA for standing up to L&Q. It’s a shame that certain members of the local planning authority can’t show a similar degree of impartiality and professional integrity. English Heritage and the GLA have also not been fooled by L&Q’s expensive consultant reports. The band of public sector consultees willing to stand up for what’s right is growing. At last the tide is turning and hopefully the interests of the local residents and greyhound racing will now be given the protection they deserve.
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Save Walthamstow CinemaSave Walthamstow Cinema hopes that Waltham Forest Council take the same decision with Walthamstow Stadium as they did with Walthamstow's EMD/Granada cinema. Namely to help safeguard it's future as one of the borough's most important leisure venues and heritage assets; providing a source of employment, pride, enjoyment and identity for future generations of Waltham Forest residents and visitors.
Residents viewsNo.1 Simply put L&Q have become a massive organisation and cash rich. They are doing what they want. The land banking of the Stow site when there is a perfectly viable alternative proposal that will benefit all the community is almost criminal. The delivery of social housing and affordable homes is now effectively privatised and these large organisations need feeding. I am not surprised they have ignored most of who will be affected as they have never asked anyone if they want the return of the Stow. I hope the Councillors have seen through all this and refuse any L&Q applications until they learn to consult properly and react accordingly.
- No.2 Did anyone notice that in last weeks waltham forest guardian there were no less that 3 seperate articles involving L&Q, In all 3 articles the residents of waltham forest disagree with L&Qs proposals and plans, yet L&Q still maintain “Thats its plans are shaped in consultation with local residents” are they talking about the 6% of local residents that were undecided whether they want greyhound racing to be returned to the “stow”. If L&Q are prepared to brush aside the wishes of 94% of local residents in order to get what they want then this says a lot about them as a charity, In my opinion, even though L&Q say thay will make a loss of £25 million if they redevelop the stow, The executives will probably earn tens of thousands of pounds from tendering contracts to various building companies and trades who will be queing up to do the work, i wonder where this money will go? i doubt if it will end up in L&Qs bank account, maybe thats why they are happy to make a loss of £25 million of taxpayers money so that they can beef up their own bank accounts. This whole affair leaves a very nasty taste in my mouth, It is now time for the government to step in and put an end to this blatant wastage of taxpayers money and bring those responsable to justice, L&Qs behavior makes the MPs expenses scandal look like petty.