In 2011 it appeared Thames Water was trying to get the site de-designated as Metropolitan Open Land in order to cover it with development.
|In 2012 efforts were made by the Lea Valley Federation to get the old Lea Bridge Waterworks buidings listed. This plea was rejected by English Heritage.|
|This is a huge piece of land on the south side of Lea Bridge Road, (opposite the ice rink) evidently formerly part of the Waterworks.
Apparently the lease on this premises is currently owned by Clancy Docwra who have been carrying out the restoration of the London water mains. This company has upset at least someone in Waltham Forest. Clancy Docwra's lease is expected to run out in about 2012 and the suspicion is that a developer will buy the freehold so that the possibility of a huge development on the site could be explored (by negotiations with the planning authorities). This development would be the most significant encroachment onto the marshes since the Lea Valley Park was set up. Apart from anything else Lea Bridge Road is completely unable to accommodate any more traffic than there is now and it would undoubtedly lead to more pressure to build yet more roads on the marshes. The estate agents are King Sturge and Grant Mills Wood.