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To: Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Stop the Council's plan to build on Leyton marshes

28/01/22 We won!

London Borough of Waltham Forest did not rezone the large swathe of green open space around The WaterWorks Centre for housing, and has committed to protecting the borough’s Metropolitan Open Land in its draft local plan.

That’s not to say that the Waterworks Meadow is safe from development. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority still has plans to knock down the WaterWorks Centre and build something on the site of the Centre and its car park, but their original plan to build housing has been scuppered and it will be harder because the site hasn’t been rezoned. If you want to keep an eye on the story as it unfolds, follow Save Lea Marshes on Twitter (@SaveLeaMarshes) or online (

We call on the London Borough of Waltham Forest to scrap plans to rezone part of Leyton marshes for development.

Why is this important?

We love the Lower Lea Valley marshes (Leyton marshes, Walthamstow marshes and Hackney marshes). We love having such an amazing, unique, open green space on our doorstep, a place to reconnect with nature and let our imaginations run wild right in the heart of one of the most densely populated cities in the world. And we want to make sure the marshes are there for future generations to enjoy.

This is why we are devastated to learn that the London Borough of Waltham Forest has launched a consultation on their vision for the Lea Valley Eastside (, which involves rezoning the large swathe of green open space around The WaterWorks Centre - part of Leyton marshes - for housing. This land is Metropolitan Open Land, which means it should be protected from all inappropriate development, just like Green Belt land. If these plans are approved, then the spectre of our marshes disappearing under high-rise tower blocks comes one step closer.

We have until the end of January to tell the Council - loud and clear - that we will not tolerate building on our marshes. If we can stop these plans in their tracks, then we have a chance to save our marshes for the future.


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2022-01-28 13:31:33 +0000

Petition is successful with 6,403 signatures

2017-05-29 14:49:18 +0100

Hi everyone

I have news…

After much delay, I have been informed that Waltham Forest Cabinet will be debating the Lea Valley Eastside Vision at the next Cabinet meeting on 20 June. The agenda will be available a week before the meeting, by clicking on the relevant meeting here: The meeting is at 2pm, so I appreciate that it will be difficult for many of us to attend, but I hope to register to speak and if any of you are able to come along and support me that would be very welcome.


2017-02-12 01:20:08 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2017-01-30 15:44:19 +0000

I will be submitting the petition to the Mayor of Waltham Forest at midday tomorrow, Tuesday 31 January, at Waltham Forest Town Hall. Please join me if you can.

I'm going to keep the petition open though, so please keep signing and sharing and I'll can keep you in touch with the campaign as it progresses.

Thank you for your continuing support.


2016-12-22 18:48:00 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-12-20 17:14:52 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-12-19 09:12:43 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-12-18 23:41:48 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-12-18 22:10:41 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-12-18 19:44:42 +0000

10 signatures reached