At last! The sewage and waste from Alexandra Primary School has been reconnected to the foul sewer in Western Road. Contractors Lanes, working under the direction of Haringey’s drainage technician Sam Balch, fitted a 9” to 6” reducer on February 22nd. This means that the discharge from the school no longer goes into the Moselle Brook to accumulate in Lordship Rec, polluting and disfiguring the stream so imaginatively daylighted in 2012.
Vital diagnostic work will soon be completed to explain how the problem arose in the first place. It has taken several years to get this matter resolved but Haringey can now go into action and treat the silt in the park using natural filters to do so.
In the end the work was completed by two operatives working pretty much flat out for a fortnight. And the job was carried forward with minimum disruption to the school. But the preparation to get the work on site was extensive and some of the problems encountered underground quite severe.
This positive outcome is a tribute to the purpose and expertise of the Haringey officer who took it forward and to the trust and confidence of the managers who have supported him. For local residents it is a contribution to the real regeneration of Wood Green that so many of us would prefer to see.
The Haringey Rivers Forum was set up in part to help sort this one issue out and we’re delighted that the Friends of Lordship Rec and the Haringey Parks department can now get on with realising the benefits. But could this also be a larger turning point? Is this the moment when Haringey Council finds the confidence to become a serious player in the world of water management? It is already performing well (and honestly) with respect to domestic misconnections.
Now’s the chance to step up alongside other Lea Valley local authorities to reduce pollution, develop amenities, challenge developers and build public understanding and confidence. Let’s hope the timidity that has marred the Council’s approach to daylighting the Moselle in the Heartlands is now a thing of the past. Thank you so much, Sam. And well done, Haringey!
Sometime in the next week or so the work on Mayes Road will near completion. It will be a new benchmark for the look and feel of our neighbourhood and enhance its biodiversity. (photo: Luke 'Duke' Newcombe)
The loss of trees is becoming an issue locally. The wonderful false acacia at the junction of Mayes Road and Coburg Road was removed because it ‘had a fungus’ - just in time for the planning application to build on the petrol station site beside it.
Photo: The gardening team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on a Saturday morning
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