Dear Friends,

The Planning appeal by Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, was heard on the 17th December 2015.  It was concluded by the Inspector of the Appeal Hearing, that there was insufficient time to hear all of the appellants, Havering Council and interested parties points of view.

The appeal hearing was adjourned to January 2016.  We then received an email from the Inspector of the appeal hearing, saying that he wanted more professional information from companies like the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and others.

The Inspector of the appeal hearing has decided that the hearing will now go to an inquiry.  We have not been informed of the date of the inquiry, but we should hear the result soon after the inquiry has been held.

Ray Randall.


Friends of Ingrebourne Valley and Hornchurch Country Park.

Children’s Wildlife Parties and Room Hire Information


Parks Protection Team Ingrebourne Hill Landfill 1

Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne Catchment Plan (RBI)

The Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment Partnership is a focused group of local stakeholders who are working together through a Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) to improve the rivers in the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment and bring direct on-the-ground benefit to people and wildlife.  The Friends Group is just one of the members of this partnership.  This Catchment Plan sets out the required actions which will seek to improve the physical functioning and condition of the rivers and tributaries within the Roding, Beam & Ingrebourne Catchment, thus benefiting both wildlife and people.  To see the Catchment Plan and Vision Summary, go to our Documents tab and click on the links to see how you can help move this forward.

EWT Information

Dear Friends

As some of you may be aware, there has been a request for planning permission to erect a 14 metre high phone mast with a compound surrounded by a 1.8 metre fence within the Country Park.  The proposed site is close to the public footpath alongside St George's Hospital, behind the number 256 bus terminal.  

Whilst this area of the Park is mainly scrubland, it is nevertheless an important habitat for breeding and migratory birds, some unique flora found nowhere else in the Park and the site of the Displaced Persons Camp dating back to WWII.

We are very concerned that such a structure should be contemplated within the boundaries of the Park and could of course set a precedent for further applications in the future.  Full details of the Planning Application may be found on Havering Council's website in the planning section under the reference application M0007.16.  It is possible to make comments in respect of the application on the site until 22 April 2016.  We would urge members to make use of this facility to make your views known.  If you could also provide us with a copy of any representations made, we can then support these with a Friends Group statement also.

Best wishes

Dave Cook

Mast Planning Application

How well do you know your drains?

It is very easy to make things disappear down the drain, but have you ever thought about where it all ends up? There is a common misconception that everything you pour or flush away at home ends up in a sewage treatment plant, but that isn’t quite how it works.  If your plumbing at home is incorrect, dirty water could be draining straight into your local river or beach.  As the property owner you are responsible for fixing any faulty drainage connections, even if these were in place prior to you owning the property.

If you do not fix your faulty drains, you’re directly affecting your local environment and could face a fine of up to...£50,000

Please see the leaflets on our Documents page for more information.

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