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Wanstead Park - Briefing note for Members

Report of the Director of Open Spaces and Heritage.

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Open Spaces and Heritage providing Members with an update regarding Wanstead Park. The following comments were made:

 

·         The Head of Operations advised that the aim of the report was to update Members on the progress of the Parkland Plan and introduce the implications for the Plan of the notification by the Environment Agency in December 2017 of a statutory revised High-Risk category for the three Large Raised Reservoirs with rectification costs currently estimated at £10 million.

 

·         Members were advised that it was recommended that a Project Board be established to support the preparation of a combined LRR and Parkland Plan project proposal to be submitted to the Project Sub Committee for December 2018.

 

·         A Member noted that there was a lot of frustration in the local community but was grateful that the strategy work had identified and would ensure necessary works and improvements would take place.

 

·         A Member voiced concern over the suggestion to pump up to 294,000 cubic metres of water from the chalk aquifer underlying London querying how this was justified. The Superintendent explained that the request for water had been carefully considered by agents and the Environmental Agency. The aim of the Parkwood Plan was to address reserving water and help to avoid localised flooding.

 

·         In response to a query regarding wider consultation of the plan, Members were advised that consultation had already taken place with key stakeholders and the plan would come to the Committee for feedback.

 

·         The Superintendent gave thanks John Kryer for his input which had helped development the plan to move forward.

 

RESOLVED, that Members support the preparation of a combined LRR and Parkland Plan (Gateway 1/2) project proposal be submitted to the Project Sub Committee for December 2018.

 

 

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