Sight of Hainault park land being dug up for Olympic hotel ‘heartbreaking’, says campaigner

The upheaval taking place at a historic country park ahead of the Olympics has left one campaigner heartbroken, and he believes it is residents that will suffer this summer.

Michael Trump, of Anne Way, Hainault, who uses Hainault Forest Country Park every day and has previously campaigned to see season parking tickets introduced, is unhappy with the temporary development that is being built there.

SnoozeBox Limited started work on the site – which will accommodate 4,200 security staff during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games – at the beginning of June.

Mr Trump said: “It is heartbreaking to see what the builders are doing there and I think its disgusting that the council have let a county park be used in this way.

“They have so far removed about 500 [car parking] spaces which are always full; the school summer holidays are going to be a nightmare.”

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Twelve conditions were included when permission was granted including ensuring members of the public continue to have access and the restoration of the land off Romford Road, Hainault.

He added: “One of the conditions was that another car park would be set up but the piece of grass they selected is water logged all year around.

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“It is going to be extremely difficult to return the park back to how it was, especially after all the heavy machinery used.”

Andrzej Staroscinski, of Manford Way, Hainault, added: “The work taking place will spoil the park for some time and the car parking could be a problem as there is a lot less space.

“However I am especially upset at the total lack of information available at the park especially on such a large scale project, which could cause even more concern.”

Redbridge Council, who are set to make �600,000 from the temporary structure, have confirmed the main car park will be available throughout the project.

A spokesman said: “Staff are currently lining out some temporary car parking spaces on the grass field to address the loss of car parking spaces which will be available when the weather improves.

“Disruption during the building and occupation of the site will be kept to a minimum.”

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