Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Save The Horses and The Ham River

THERE are some stories that are typical of the challenges facing the borough in the 21st century. The plan is to take the untamed lands near Belhus Close Lane that lead onto the Ham River and transform it into a country park. That is hardly news and has been in development for a number of years now.

Shell Brand and her friends are desperately worried about what will happen to their horses, which have been on the land for a number of years. They have agreements to stay and tend for their horses but many of the agreements appear to be in verbal form. This is one of these stories that has several strands from the past, the present and the future.

To begin with, let us hear Shell’s side of the story and take it from there.

THERE are some stories that are typical of the challenges facing the borough in the 21st century. The plan is to take the untamed lands near Belhus Close Lane that lead onto the Ham River and transform it into a country park. That is hardly news and has been in development for a number of years now.

Shell Brand and her friends are desperately worried about what will happen to their horses, which have been on the land for a number of years. They have agreements to stay and tend for their horses but many of the agreements appear to be in verbal form. This is one of these stories that has several strands from the past, the present and the future.

To begin with, let us hear Shell’s side of the story and take it from there.

7 COMMENTS

  1. THANK YOU FOR THIS STORY ITS ALL FOR THE HORSES AND THE LAND AND HELPS WITH PETITION AND PROTEST YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED THANK YOU SHELL BRAND

  2. The Ham is a toxic nightmare. They need to dump hundreds of thousands of tons of clay over the top so the nasty toxic waste that lays just below the surface doesnt pollute the neighbourhood.

  3. lol thats not the full truth as if that was the case the horses would of been ill or died in the past 36 years plus the grass would not grow as good as it does , also there has been a fishing lake in the middle of the land and it one of the best lakes 4 good fish ,the ground has got a contamination but not as bad as the developers are saying and there has never been a problem with any horse or other animals that have been eating the grass for years , plus no 1 is going to see a country park for at least ten years ,the public in the area need to know what to expect in the next 10 years ,but as i say in the clip im not against the development , it the problems and our unfair notice of 4 weeks to move all the horses that have been safe and cared for by us there owners we need more time and have rights were been there a very long time,,our horses welfair is my worrie also andwe were told that we will be relocated to a field at the back of the land phase 1and 2 , but nothing has been aranged

  4. just under the surface no i think you will find it alot more then that try 10 meters , it looks like there turning in to a development waist dumping ground , and all will not be seen becouse of the 8 meter high mud hill will block all house and landscape views

  5. The Ham river is not toxic but under the field where for years un regulated waste was dumped is. Ask what they are discovering about long deserted landfill sites just off the Aveley by-pass. High levels of heavy metals just under the surface?

  6. i know about the land iv been there a long time , and its only some parts of the land plus former landfil sites are a ideal investments for developers . plans get passed and they earn money on the top soil that gets dumped for covering the land {if you could call it top soil}

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