Waltham Forest Council unanimously waved through the disastrous plans for Lea Bridge Gasworks on 1 December 2020.
The application will now go to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for Stage 2 approval.
So we need to bring the fight to GLA members and the mayor’s office, by writing to them and objecting via the application portal (once the plans are live).
For the past two years, our community has been passionately fighting this development. Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, we engaged the community and have made progress.
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.