Olympic fortress on Wanstead Flats

The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) have submitted a planning application to build a temporary Olympics headquarters on Wanstead Flats which falls within the boundary of the London Borough of Redbridge.

It is understood the facility will house thousands of police officers, 375 vehicles, around 54 horses and police dogs.

To ensure the application is successful the MPA is seeking to amend the Epping Forest Act of 1878, which enshrines in Law that the Corporation of London “shall at all times keep Epping Forest unenclosed and unbuilt on as an open space for the recreation and enjoyment of the people”.

Wanstead Flats is surrounded by three London Boroughs – Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Redbridge residents have set up the ‘Save Wanstead Flats‘ campaign after their Council announced, earlier this month, that it intended to only carry out the bare minimum of its statutory responsibilities in relation to the planning consultation for the MPAs plans.

A letter from the Mayor of Newham’s office (Sir Robin Wales) to a member of the Save Wanstead Flats campaign states:

We have advised Redbridge that in our opinion the correct consultation procedures have not been followed and all affected Newham residents should have been sent a formal notification letter in the same way that residents in Redbridge have been.

So what of Waltham Forest and in particular the Councillors who represent Cann Hall ward which borders Wanstead Flats? Click here to see what the Lib Dem Councillor, Liz Phillips, has to say and the Truth Will Out team cannot find any evidence of the Labour Councillors, Tunde Davies and Nicholas Russell, having raised concerns either.

Ironically, Cllr Phillips and her colleagues are campaigning to stop the Olympic Delivery Authority and the Waltham Forest Labour Party from ripping up a perfectly good sports field to house catering, laundry and delivery services.

It seems Wanstead Flats is irrelevant and Waltham Forest residents are not important enough to be consulted about a proposed fortress on their doorstep.