Monday, April 08, 2013

Hainault Forest Country War Zone

A report from Alfred.


Early in 2012 a large area of the 300 acres of Hainault Country Park was turned over to the Olympic Games authorities to use for housing civil and military security personnel and all their vehicles and equipment. Vast quantities of shipping containers were imported as residences and a large slice of the grassy park was concreted over for use as hard standing for vehicles. As far as I am aware there was no consultation with any taxpaying resident of the surrounding locality at the time, before much of this beautiful recreational and wildlife Country Park was destroyed.

It was a fait accompli from the very start. After all, who would win an argument with the all-powerful Olympic Delivering Authority? The very short period of the 2012 Olympic Games is now only a memory but its ugly legacy lives on.

Six months after the cheering has fallen silent and the waving has died away Hainault Country Park now looks as if it has been involved in a nuclear war. The whole affected area is now fenced off, enormous piles of rubble have appeared, the concrete remains intact and not a single blade of grass has been restored. The pictures below need no further comment.

What does Redbridge Council have to say about this desecration?
We are now pleased to announce that both car parks are now open plus the lake path. (They only had to take away the tape barriers – a two minute job.) However, the two fields are still inaccessible to visitors, we are still working closely with contractors to complete reinstatement of the country park as quickly as possible…

Half a year to clean up the site, and this is the best they can do!



Editor:
This subject has been raised on two threads on the Redbridge-i forum, both of which have the response below:
Hainault Forest Country Park has not been fully reinstated. Contractors were unable to access the waterlogged site with suitable machinery to remove some of the temporary roadways, in preparation for levelling, top soiling and re seeding. The unacceptable ground conditions have made the site inaccessible. An independent consultant was appointed to advise on the ground conditions and re seeding and their advice was not to attempt to re seed on waterlogged site, even if the site could have been levelled and top soiled in preparation for seeding. Due to the weather throughout the winter, it has been proved right to not re instate the site in October.
A full restoration plan is in place and the contractor will return to site as soon as the land is suitable for taking the machinery required to re instate the land. There are regular meetings between the Contractors, Council and Vision RCL to discuss the re instatement. It is an unfortunate situation but the weather conditions throughout the last 6 months have been extremely poor.

The contractor has a legal obligation under the license agreement and planning condition to fully re instate the site and the Council is protected financially.

Posted on behalf of the Head of Parks and Open Spaces.
the mess left in Hainault Forest

State of Hainault Forest Disgraceful

25 comments:

  1. thank you alfred and b-side 21 for this post,i drive past every day i have stopped taking my dog over here as i no longer feel safe as it semms no one else is using it either during the week,i would ask people to also bring this up on the redbridge i website,people keep commenting about the weather has not been right because its been so wet,but that does not mean that it cannot be tidied up a bit,there are still bits of landscape fabric every where and also big bags of rubbish and as i am sure the park keepers do the best they can the fences still get blown down,it seems as if the council and the company snooze box took thier money and ran....

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  2. Redbridge Council - bemused and bedazzled by the filthy lucre offered by the Olympic Development Authority. That it was done without any consultation is an affront to the generally accepted standards of democracy - more like a third world dictatorship.

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  3. Thank you for this Alfred and Alan. The whole "snoozebox village" rather upset me with the way they tore up the park. I understood it was to be put right by the end of October 2012, no later. Had they dealt with it in a timely manner, the weather would not have been such an issue as the bad weather didn't set in until later in the winter. But what do I know, eh? I'm just a nobody taxpayer who must put up with the eyesore a once beautiful park has become. I haven't been there since they paved it over and I shan't until it's put right!

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  4. w"e are still working closely with contractors to complete reinstatement of the country park as quickly as possible…"’

    "Half a year to clean up the site, and this is the best they can do!"

    By the time visitors will be allowed back on the grass it will be more than ONE YEAR, and probably it will never be the same, but a degraded area, Was it worth it?

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    1. It might all be part of Redbridge Vision, but it's certainly become a public nightmare.

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  5. Suprise, suprise! I guessed that this would happen. The Council - officers and councillors - seem unable to organise a booze up in a brewery! Had the word been started immediataley after the Olympics, this could have been sorted in a matter of days not months. There was plenty of time to plan this - when did the Council start to think? Hopeless - just typical of the lack of planning for which Redbridge is famous. Let's hope that this lot get thrown out at the next Local Elections.

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    1. Agree entirely, Ron. And after more than 60 years supporting, and representing, the Conservative Party they certainly won't get my votes next year - either for council or for the European elections. Indeed there is one Tory parasite who did not get my vote last year at the London Assembly election.

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  6. As you have pointed out, B21, the council have supplied a great many words to excuse their incompetence including their favourite one 'consultant' (i.e: council dictionary definition: 'he who takes the blame') and I make no excuse for repeating what has already been said - if they'd started it BEFORE the bad weather as they promised and had ample opportunity to do, the restoration would have been finished long ago. What's their feeble excuse for not doing so, I wonder?

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  7. This was another money making venture by the authority under the banner of its Vision outlet. There was enough money paid for this to have it reinstated by the deadline
    Interesting that the other money making venture the car parks are functioning at full capacity. Used are not if you visit you pay. Never mind the outlook.

    Adsey

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    1. Vision? Ha, ha, ha! What a joke. They just gleefully grabbed the money on offer with never a thought about the follow-up work.

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  8. It is now very nearly the first anniversary since the grass in Hainault Forest Country Park was stolen, neither the Police (specially employed to protect the Parks) nor the Council,despite many useless attempts, have failed to catch the villains or been able to enforce reparation.

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    1. dear dopeyf,do you notice how now that work is due to commence this week,that the ilford recorder choose to now put it in the paper,i do belive that this is is a current local issue and might have been of great interest to people,yet the ilford recorder it seems dare not to talk against the council,now i am a seventies child and how times have changed,this is why i am thankful for the internet (sometimes)

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  9. yes. there is much debate around the country at the moment about local newspapers being threatened by local councils to withdraw advertising and access to Officers and Councillors and Cabinets, should they take what is percieved by the councils as a negative (Critical?) attitude to their activities, not that I am suggesting this is true of the Ilford Recorder, but it does put some degree of circumspection on papers to report some things,or not to report, as always this pressure on Papers would probably not be overt enough for anyone to make a case.But without a doubt it does happen around the country.

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    1. It already has. I believe that for a while the council's statutory advertising was solely in "Redbridge Lies".

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  10. LBR are a typical council who don't give a dam

    Why have they not put up signs explaining / outlining a programme of works with regular update.

    These people would NEVER get a job in the public sector.

    They are probably wasting the revenue that they got on other things.

    Well lets all stick together, everyone should refuse to pay council tax after Dec 1st 2013 if the forest is not put back in the condition before the Olympics, nobody can say they have not been given long enough.

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  11. Unfortunately they already have a job in the Public Sector

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  12. its may the 24th and still nothing happening over there,cllr prince (charming) (not) said that work would start on the 14th.... may i suggest we all ask him on his blog on the redbridge i site,then he might have to wake up...

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    1. Vision Redbridge must also take their share of the blame for this - useless lot.

      Next year on 22 May it's the council elections. When you go to the polling station forget the parties. Vote for individuals who have worked for, and supported you and kick out those who have not. I know there's a plonker in Hainault who won't get my vote if he's a candidate.

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  13. Now that the warmer weather is here, you want to enjoy it,does this mean that Vision is about to employ a Consultant to tell us it is now "too dry" to regrass the Hainault Forest Country Park?

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  14. thats funny dopey f but sadly probaly true.......i think they are all too busy soaking up the sun in thier own back gardens......too selfish to even care.

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    1. Or perhaps suffering the mental effects of excessive exposure to the sun???

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    2. The sun is fine as long as you stick to the sports pages ...

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    3. One of the other pages usually has a couple of good points......keeping abreast of the news?

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  15. wow wow wow, I saw a jcb up there today,its either there doing some work or councillor prince has got it put there to make it look like it is.we will soon see.

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  16. been to the forest today and the works are looking good.....

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