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Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 13:58:30 +0100 (BST)
From: Jo Makepeace (
Subject: SchNEWS 270, Friday 11th August 2000


For those of you who naively thought that once a road was finished, it stopped costing money, think again. That old fave the M11-link road in East London was budgeted at £150m when it was first started 7 years ago. By September 1999 that had risen to £340m, and the 'latest forecast' this June was at £430m, even though it was completed 2 years before! Yes, W.S. Atkins' consultancy fees are still rising because they are delaying negoiations. Send your estimate of the final cost to be entered in the SchNEWS sweepstake.

Meanwhile Walmart are getting in on the act of developing what's left of greenspace in the area, with plans to build a superstore on land by Leyton tube station. Walmart have bribed the council with a million quid, who will use the cash to complete the Leyton 'Relief' Road. Then the whole of the area's traffic problems will be solved....(er, maybe not)

Work is due to start soon with and plans are afoot to squat two empty properties properties on route. Please contact STORRM at Hornbeam Environmental Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Leyton Green, London E17 9AH 0208 558 5527

* Celebrate Lughnasadh (Old Lammas Day) with the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee on Leyton Marsh, Sunday 13th August 3-6pm. Meet by Parish Boundary (black poplar trees) behind Lea Valley Ice Rink near Sandy Lane (path alongside river).

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