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.