Marsh Lane Fields has again been saved, and this time without a riot.
I got an email announcing the victory this afternoon:
"Last night the Borough of Waltham Forest's planning committee turned down an application by the LondonDevelopment Agency to fence off about a fifth of Marsh Lane Fields in Leyton to relocate allotment-holders(who don't want ot move!) from a lovely 85 year oldsite at Bully Point in Newham.
The campaign against this was led by the Lammas Lands Defence Committee,with a lot of help from other interested groups in the borough. We had already planned a rally on the marshes on Sunday before the announcement that lastnight's planning cttee meeting would be deciding the application, and we therefore propose to hold a PARTYon the fields. So bring party stuff - champers,ribbons, etc. - if there's any snow we can build asnowman or have a snowball fight! And please bringpolo mints, carrots or apples for the horses thatgraze there - they'll appreciate it immensely this time of the year when it's muddy and the grass doesn'tgrow very fast."
It nice for a change to celebrate a victory against rapaciuos development.
I was worried that my video about the campaign would become an obituary piece.
There's a good piece on Indymedia about the victory too