Take Back Wanstead Flats (nocops2012)
November 21, 2010 14:00Tagged as: 2012 culture environmentalism free_spaces olympics police protest
On Sunday 21st November, the Save Wanstead Flats campaign plans to use wooden stakes and tape to mark out the boundaries of the proposed police base on the Flats, in order to show just how much space it will swallow up in 2012.
Maps or drawings can never make as much sense to local residents as seeing its massive size for themselves but campaigners would prefer not to wait until construction starts and it’s too late to stop these plans.
As you can see from the publicity, the message behind this action also harkens back to the historical opposition by local people to enclosure of the Flats. We hope people will see this as an opportunity to come along and celebrate in their own way our right to enjoy our open spaces – although it is late November, so we do recommend that people wrap up warmly!
The 'Save Wanstead Flats' campaign completely oppose plans by the Metropolitan Police to base its Olympics operational centre on Wanstead Flats in 2012.
We completely oppose the dangerous precedent the City of London Corporation proposes to set by attempting to amend the Epping Forest Act of 1878, which protects Wanstead Flats from enclosure and development, so that the police’s plans can be pushed through.
We demand a proper explanation about how Wanstead Flats was chosen over the Olympic site itself and why there has been absolutely no consultation with local residents.