Search

Lorry haul road set to plough through Fairlop woodland could see wildlife ‘re-housed’ to ire of campaigners

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 26 September 2018

Wildlife campaigner protest plans for a haulage road for gravel transporting trucks set to run alongside Fairlop Waters Nature Park. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Wildlife campaigner protest plans for a haulage road for gravel transporting trucks set to run alongside Fairlop Waters Nature Park. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Archant

Badgers, amphibians, rare birds and reptiles may be re-housed from their existing habitats in a contested section of land near Fairlop Waters Country Park set to become the site of a lorry through road.

Construction firm Brett Tarmac Limited met on Thursday (September 20) with Ilford North MP Wes Streeting and wildlife campaigners from the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association (ADHA) at the site, in Hainault Road, where the firm is due to build a road for gravel transportation.

ADHA have launched a petition opposing the road’s construction, which has gained more than 400 signatures.

They fear the daily passage of gravel-transporting lorries will harm rare species and trees.

But following the meeting, Mr Streeting told the Recorder that “it seems virtually guaranteed the haul road will remain where it is”.

He said: “I understand residents’ unhappiness in Aldborough Hatch but I think there is zero possibility of the road being moved simply as it has been given planning permission now.”

“We have received assurances that precautions will be taken to protect and safely relocate any wildlife and the area will be restored following the works,” he added.

But campaigner Chris Gannaway has slammed suggestion of relocating the wildlife.

“Reptiles and amphibians can be relocated if you have a suitable environment nearby,” he conceded.

“But it is generally accepted as not being very successful.”

He added: “As far as badgers are concerned – you can’t safely catch a badger a shove it into another area.

“You have to build an artificial badger sett and block off its existing sett.”

“It’s a very involved and expensive process.”

He said: “If the haul road goes ahead, the habitat of yet another protected species will be trashed.

He also highlight that the area is the park’s only roosting place for long-eared owls, which are rare in London.

Once their habitat is destroyed, it is not possible to control or predict where they will roost, he added.

His campaign group had maintained that the proposed route of the haul road crashes through Fairlop Waters Country Park, which is a legally protected Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

However, a complaint submitted to the local authority by Mr Gannaway has revealed that “the council, in 2011, removed a small area of land from that ‘licensed’ by the council to Vision for the country park next to the Equestrian Centre.”

The groups alleges that this is evidence of a behind-closed-doors deal over the stretch of coveted woodland.

Chris said: “This was clearly done in 2011 so that when the planning committee considered the application in 2017, planning officers could hold their hands on their hearts to assert that the haul road would not go through Fairlop Waters.”

The council’s planning committee gave conditional approval to construction firm Brett Tarmac Limited’s application to extend Fairlop Quarry on June 5 this year.

In response, a Redbridge spokeswoman said: “The land was removed from the license under which Vision operate the Country Park in 2011.

“No further protection would have been afforded to it had it remained part of the license.”

Simon Treacy, planning director at Brett Tarmac, said: “Planning permission for the latest quarry development was approved in June after extensive environmental surveys and widespread consultation with everybody concerned.

“It’s now a case of refining our plans so we can fulfil the conditions in our planning consent, and then doing what we say we’re going to do, including safeguards to protect wildlife.

“We will continue to discuss our activities with the planning authority, local groups and ecological experts to achieve the best possible outcome for all, such as enhancing areas of the site that have potential to become habitat for numerous species on the Fairlop Plain.”

Related articles

Latest Ilford Stories

Charlie Lee will hope to make his first O’s appearance since the 3-1 win at AFC Fylde on November 3

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory – more than 2,100 years ago – of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land and its people in darkness.

Yesterday, 20:58

Armed police chased a group of men in a car after a drive-by shooting in Ilford.

Yesterday, 17:05

A market trader from Newbury Park has been found guilty of torching a £260,000 Ferrari during an arson attack in Emerson Park that was revenge for a business deal gone wrong.

Yesterday, 17:00

Dave Rann was trained by top chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes and is the head chef of the newly opened fine dining restaurant The Gallery in South Woodford

Yesterday, 16:28

Alistair Coleman, author of the hit book Angry People in Local Newspapers, has been speaking with Layth Yousif about the cult publication about to reach the bestsellers lists...

Yesterday, 16:00

Whether visiting friends and family or going for that bargain in the sales, the rail network helps a lot of people to get around over the festive period.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now