PROTECT OUR PONDS PROTECT OUR PONDS PROTECT OUR PONDS PROTECT OUR PONDS
The works will cover 31.44 hectares of the Heath
SOME OR ALL THE PONDS MAY HAVE TO BE DRAINED
THE HEATH SWIMMERS ARE LIKELY TO LOSE THEIR PONDS FOR MORE THAN A YEAR
HEAVY LORRIES WILL BE DRIVING ACROSS THE HEATH
THE ROAR OF BUILDING WORK WILL ECHO FAR AND WIDE
THE DISRUPTION MAY GO ON FOR YEARS
Source: Atkins, published under the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988
PROTECT THE HAMPSTEAD HEATH PONDS
The City of London has criticised heavy lorry movements for buildng work near the Heath but now proposes far worse itself. The red lines are where the lorries will drive day after day and the larger areas are where building work will be done. The yellow blobs mark where excavations will be made to extract soil for the new dams.
Only the representative of the Heath & Hampstead Society spoke and voted against the proposals which include authorisation to employ a private security firm to keep order in case of protests. Three other committees have since rubber stamped the project.
The Hampstead Heath Management Committee gave the go-ahead for the ruination of Hampstead Heath at a meeting on Tuesday 20 January 2015
The project cost has risen ten times to an estimated £21.2 million compared with the original estimate of £2.1 million published in the minutes of the Heath Management Committee on 27 July 2009. £3.2 million has already been spent with no work yet done. The consultants Atkins are asking for another £400,000 which is being "negotiated."
The loss of life estimate has fallen 99% from 3,069 to as low as 31. The cost for each life potentially saved has risen from £684 per person to £677,419 per person. Tweaking the assumptions a little could mean no loss of life predicted, save the City millions of £££, and not destroy Hampstead Heath. The City is not interested.
Camden Council Development Control Committee meeting voted by a majority of six to three with two abstentions to accept the City of London's ponds planning application. About 100 of the 12,608 opponents of the project attended the meeting. Five committee members did not attend.
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