August 2014



At a photo-call on Saturday 9th August, Lee Scott MP (pictured far left) said: “I fully support residents’ who say that ‘enough is enough’ and trust that they will be left in peace to enjoy this much-valued stretch of countryside on their doorstep.”

Chris Gannaway of the Redbridge Branch of the London Wildlife Trust said: “Changes in the water table would have a detrimental effect on the habitat of the Great Crested Newt – a protected species. The pond at Aldborough Hatch Farm is vital to the survival of the Great Crested Newt locally – if the pond dries up, that would be disastrous and we would lose a species that is unique to this area.”

Chartered Architect Balkrishna Savant of Aldborough Hatch Chapel said: “The Chapel is Grade II Listed and had been used as a barn, but stood derelict after the west wall of the Chapel was blown down during the hurricane force winds on the night of 15th/16th October 1987. I worked over twenty years to make this into our home and I fear that sand and gravel extraction within the vicinity will put the building at risk of serious and irreparable damage.”

Also giving his support to the launch of our poster campaign above, Councillor Paul Canal, Redbridge Conservative Group Leader (pictured third from left).

Further reading:
• Chairman's Letter to Lee Scott MP - 9th August 2014
• Letter from Lee Scott MP - 20th August 2014