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Save Marsh Lane Fields

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00

New Lammas Lands Defence Committee invite you to


Where: meet at noon on Marsh Land Fields, E10, where the footpath from Seymour Road joins Marsh Lane.

The 2012 Olympic planners want to take part of Marsh Lane fields to relocate some of the evictees from the Olympic park. They do not want to come here, and have their own proposals, far more in keeping with the concept of "green Olympics".

The plans also threaten the use of Marsh Lane and the railway footbridge as a cycle route, and risks Marsh Lane turning into a main road carrying through traffic.

Marsh Lane fields is our land! - our precious open space and "green lung". It was all historic Lammas common land, over which all residents of Leyton and Walthamstow had commoners' rights, later transformed into the right to have the land preserved for us by the council as a public open aspace and recreation ground for ever. If we let them "borrow" one piece of it, will we ever see it back? If they get one piece now, what will they seize next? What will we see on our green open space next? Yet more yuppy flats? Astroturf pitches that cost sixty quid an hour to use? More of those "colourful" warehouses?

If you are concerned about these proposals, join us on Sunday. Find out more about what is proposed. Let your views be known. Make sure they are heard.

We will walk round the area affected, describe what the planners want to do, and how everyone can make representations about it. We can sing the Lammas Land Song, and, weather permitting, fly a kite for open space. Some of us will then be going for a pub lunch.

Please DO bring friends, family, neighbours, dogs, and umbrellas or hot drinks. Bikes are welcome too.

Please DO wear warm clothes and sensible, waterproof shoes or boots.

For more info, call/text Rosemary on 07919 262 702 or email

Please DO also call/text/email if you can't make Sunday 17th but would like to be kept in touch with developments.

Directions: on the new A-Z, Marsh Lane fields is on page 68, square 2B.

Buses: 48, 55 or 56 along Lea Bridge Road. From Hackney, get off at stop just after B&Q and cross road. From Walthamstow/Leyton, get off at Hare and Hounds pub. Then walk south down Seymour Road. Continue straight ahead when the street turns into a footpath, and continue across the field to a yellow barrier where the path joins a sunken, tree-lined lane.

58 or 158 along Church Road. Get off at corner of Marsh Lane. From Walthamstow, this is just past Antelope pub on left; from Leyton, just past Etloe House on left - a large white palace with battlements. Walk down Marsh Lane past the schools, over footbridge across Dagenham Brook, straight ahead past car barrier and along the tree-lined lane until you see a ramp on the right taking footpath past yellow barrier and across field.

Tube/train: either Leyton (Central Line) and bus 58/158 from opposite station, or Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line or mainline Liverpool St-Chingford line) and 48 bus from bus station opposite rail station.