The Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, has today confirmed that the site of the proposed haul road in Fairlop plains is to be moved to a less intrusive site, saving plant and animal life from destruction.
The haul road is set to be built by construction firm Brett Tarmac to transport gravel extracted from Fairlop Quarry in Hainault Road.
Cllr Athwal first promised to move the site at a full council meeting on the 22nd November and has since been in private negotiations with various involved parties in an attempt to protect the wildlife on the plains. Following this successful negotiation, the site of the haul road has now been moved to a section of privately managed grassland away from the most sensitive animal habitats.
Cllr Athwal commented, “I have been engaged in rather difficult negotiations with different partners concerning the haul road scheme and have been unable to publicly speak on the matter while these negotiations were ongoing.
Now those negotiations have concluded I am delighted that we have successfully managed to arrange for the haul road to be moved to a much less intrusive area.
I heard residents’ concerns over the wildlife and delicate ecosystem of the original haul road site and that is why I’ve been working hard in the background with council officers to try and mitigate any potential damage.”
Campaigners against the proposed haul road site had raised concerns that local Badgers, owls and other protected species might be threatened by the new road. The rerouted road site will move away from the most sensitive wildlife areas, prevent any threat to local animals, and allow Fairlop plains woodland to continue to thrive.