Plan for 4,200-person Olympic Games ‘hotel’ in Hainault Forest

A “temporary hotel” set to house more than 4,000 Olympic security staff has been proposed for historic Hainault Forest Country Park.

SnoozeBox Limited, in association with the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, submitted an application for temporary accommodation at the park, in Romford Road, Hainault.

The accommodation would be for 4,200 staff working on the Olympic Park during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games who would stay for four months from June 1.

The temporary structure, which would cover two fields and two car parks, would be made up of 250 containers providing rooms with double beds, flat screen televisions and en-suite bathrooms.

Alan Howe, secretary of community group Barkingside 21, said: “The whole idea seems odd. The site is a remote location and I think it would be difficult to get that many people to Stratford..”

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The plans suggest 3,000 staff will be transported to and from the Olympic Park by coach with approximately 60 return journeys being made each day, while the remaining 1,000 people will be taken to Hainault Tube station.

There will be an opportunity for residents to discuss the proposal on Saturday at The Visitors Centre at Hainault Forest Country Park between noon and 4pm.

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Park volunteer Brian Ecott said: “If the park is going to be used I would like to see the income ploughed back into the forest to improve the facilities but I worry it will all go to the council.”

David Fowler, who is planning to re-submit a proposal for an Olympic campsite on Forest Farm after it was rejected, said: “The proposed site is very close to where I suggested but it doesn’t have as good transport links.

“It would also be of detriment to the public who visit during the summer.”

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “The council has only recently received this application so has not yet set a date for when it will be heard and we have not ye received any objections.”

SnoozeBox Limited declined to comment.

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