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Funding for Wetlands project

Fri 4 September 2015, 11:43 am

Waltham Forest Council has received £4.4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Walthamstow Wetlands project – the creation of the largest urban wetland nature reserve in London.

Walthamstow Wetlands. Photo c/o Penny Dixie

The long-term plans for the 200-ha site, which the authority has developed in partnership with Thames Water, will see a total of £8 million in investment and the Walthamstow Reservoirs opened to the public. 

“This is fantastic news for the people of Waltham Forest and the wider East London community,” said council leader Chris Robbins. “The borough is going through an unprecedented time of regeneration and our cultural offer is at the heart of that growth. 

“The Blackhorse Lane area of the borough is one of the places where there’s a great deal of development going on with the old industrial units making way for new homes. We’re building a brand new school on one side of the station and this funding opens the way for the wetlands to take shape on the other.”

Planning permission and listed building consent has been secured. Works are due to commence next year with partial opening planned for 2016, and full opening planned for 2017.

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