More about Beecholme

Beecholme is also the first postwar "mixed development" housing scheme in Hackney, with a mixture of houses and flats with the taller block having five storeys and containing one-bedroom and bedsit accommodation. It is featured in Volume 15 of Hackney History and was the site of Beecholme House, the family home of Maj. John André (d. 1780), who was executed as a British spy in the American War of Independence.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Our local environment blighted AGAIN

This is Essex & Eastwood Wharf, quite a small chunk of Leaside land. Plans have been drawn up to build 144 housing units on this site even though it would be hard to put a full sized football pitch on it

On behalf of Leabridge Ward councillors, Cllr Ian Rathbone said: 
"We have been appalled by the irresponsible decision of Waltham Forest Planning Committee on 4 January to approve a high-rise, densely packed development on Essex Wharf, Leabridge Road, in the Lea Valley Regional Park.

It will ruin the landscape view towards the East of Millfields Park and give yet another signal to fat cat developers to march in and slap up more big blocks of flats in that area of the river Lea."

" At the recent public Inquiry, the Inspector agreed with me that the height of these blocks would be destructive of the landscape and the view across Millfields Park.

"This decision by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, only underlines the lack of caring for our natural environment that has become endemic amongst authorities.
Hypocritically the Government is parroting praise for the Olympics just down the road and how much benefit it will bringing to the commuinity whilst here alongside Millfields Park, it's allowing the destruction of our landscape to the detriment of future generations.

"If they are allowed to build, then once more our already oversubscribed local infrastructure in Clapton like schools, doctor surgeries and other services, will come under even pressure. And the developers and Waltham Forest Council won't be paying a penny towards helping with this.

 "Driving this harsh urban wedge into the middle of the Park is the reason that this proposed development has been opposed by Hackney Council, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority and the Lea Valley Federation as well as community representatives in Hackney and Waltham Forest.

"We thank the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority for its efforts and can only hope that it will be given more local and national support to protect the little of what's left of our green environment and landscape."
                      by councillor Ian Rathbone

 Personally, (for what it's worth)....
As a local resident, TRA and Clapton Panel secretary I am appalled as this total disregard for quality of life and the degradation of our environment.
I am getting really sick of certain politicians and planners treating the area as some sort of dumping ground for over-dense, under serviced poor quality housing.

To my mind It borders on the criminal and
is morally completely corrupt.

How can these people get away with ruining the visual environment
and quality of life for both current and new residents the way they are?

Shouldn't we expect things to get better, not worse?
The over subscription to services at a time of cuts on top the visual blight makes this utterly stupid and driven by "short term" goals and the miss-application of the rules to benefit a few already wealthy developers.

It is typical and I'm becoming more and more disillusioned with the this govt and the way things are going.

Sunny West Australia is looking more inviting every day.

Hospital cuts - Did you know?
Homerton Hospital had to put in "blind bids" for services knowing they are expected to make 20% cuts!
So the funding of our medical treatment is based not on medical need, demand or cost per patient as you'd expect, but SOLELY on money.

If the hospital pitch their blind bids too high, they risk losing the service and full depts altogether! 

It will almost certainly mean that the senior most experienced consultants will be spread much more thinly on the ground too so quality of care will inevitably fall. 
The next time you or one of your family has a medical emergency I'm sure you'd like the junior doctor to be able to check with a consultant then and there if needed.

by David White

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