The Lea Bridge Gasworks was opened in 1853, and served as an operational gasworks site until 2012, when the gas holders were decommissioned – there is still a large Pressure Reduction Station on site. In their Environmental Impact Assessment, Ramboll have identified numerous hazardous materials on site that are harmful to human health.
The development of the historic Lea Bridge Gasworks is being run by St William – a joint venture between Berkeley Group and National Grid. With the encouragement of Waltham Forest Borough Council.
Their plans show 10 buildings of varying heights directly behind the Clementina Estate – the highest being 17 and 18-storey tower blocks. These will be made up of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom flats, with a small percentage earmarked as ‘affordable’.
The development will open on to the corner of Clementina and Perth, and on the other side at Orient Way.
Our request to the Developers and the Council is that they listen and respond to the families that live here – we want the area to improve for all of us. We say yes to housing, no to harming our community.
Years of construction
As the site was formerly an operational gasworks, there are numerous toxic chemicals in the soil. These chemicals pose a real risk to the health of local residents, if not dealt with appropriately. The effect of these types of chemicals can already be seen in a similar site in Southall, where residents have suffered consistently with respiratory illness and even cancer. All as a result of the arsenic, benzene and naphthalene being released into the air from the soil on site. They have formed a local campaigning group – Clean Air for Southall and Hayes (CASH) – to fight for their right to healthy and happy lives.