Cross about new bridge

A new footbridge across the Old River Lea has been proposed for the eastern-most corner of the borough.

The idea of another bridge over this once-tidal river was presented to Hackney Marshes User Group by David White, a Hackney council project manager.

The bridge, to go just north of the Irish Traveller site in Homerton Road, would link the borough with the Olympics site.

Its proponents say the new bridge would:

  • provide a link to the bridge from East Marsh to the Olympics site;
  • allow people coming over the land bridge to Hackney to drop into the sports hub for a cup of tea.

The user group and the Tree Musketeers, which together run the community tree nursery on Hackney Marsh, argue that another bridge would:

  • during its construction be disrupting to wildlife;
  • require the felling of two trees;
  • disrupt kingfishers and other creature that live on the river bank.

As Hackney council braces itself for Westminster-promoted budget cuts, voters will question whether schemes that do not  stem from public demand should be given funds.

River Lea project supporters are also becoming increasingly worried about the need for more financial and other means of help from the council. Were that not so, volunteer groups such as the Tree Musketeers would not be so stretched working along the Lea.

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2 thoughts on “Cross about new bridge

  1. My story is under-researched, as you hint, but I thought it was important to raise the issues immediately – and I am seeking more detail. I might have to leave the sport v nature discussion to others, mainly for space reasons (readers prefer shortish pieces) but also bcs reconciling the needs of wildlife with those of games-players is a complex and huge discussion.

  2. I reckon another bridge would be welcomed by the local wildlife. It would provide shelter for birds and fish allow easier access to East Marsh once they build flats on there after the games. I think you should mention the new cricket pitches on North Marsh that are squeezing the nature reserve up there

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