Council awarded cash to create new quiet way between Hackney and Walthamstow after public vote
Hackney Council has been awarded £120,000 to create a new quiet walk and cycle route between soon-to-be-open nature reserves in Hackney and Walthamstow.
The 3km green ‘corridor’ will connect Woodberry Wetlands, in Hackney, and Walthamstow Wetlands, in Waltham Forest - both due to open in 2016 - and will pass through parks and quiet roads.More than 1,700 people voted for the plans, drawn up by Hackney and Walthamstow councils and the London Wildlife Trust, in a public poll for the Mayor of London’s Big Green Fund.
The project, called the Wetlands to Wetlands Greenway, will see road space given over to green space, new trees planted, and safety improvements made to streets.The scheme will also allow cyclists and walkers to avoid the heavy traffic of Seven Sisters Road and connect with several other quiet routes, including links into central London and the Olympic Park.
I want to thank everyone who voted for this fantastic scheme. The funding will allow us to create a safer, greener corridor between the two new exciting wetland destinations in north-east London, and will provide a fantastic opportunity to bring people closer to the wonderful landscape of the Lea Valley and connect the thriving communities of north Hackney and Waltham Forest.
The route, which should be completed by next March, will take in Manor House Tube, Woodberry Down Estate, Woodberry Wetlands, Stamford Hill, Clapton Common, Springfield Park, River Lee Navigation towpath, Walthamstow Marshes and Wetlands, and Walthamstow.
The Greenway was one of seven projects in the running for a slice of the Mayor’s £900,000 funding for investment in environmental improvements for the capital.
Londoners were invited to vote online for their favourite scheme with more than 10,000 votes cast overall.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We have received incredible interest in the Big Green Fund from every corner of London and are delighted that we can fund all seven of these fantastic projects.”