This year is the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of
Metropolitan Green Belts following Duncan Sandy's Circular of 1955.
Councils were called upon to define a wide swathe of open countryside
around major conurbations within which no further development would
be permitted other than that related to agriculture and forestry,
apart from limited in-filling and rounding-off of existing developments.
An essential feature of Green Belts was to be their permanence!
Since 1955 ALL governments have - by and large - adhered to
the principle of protection of the Green Belts.
However, now the government has proposed an enormous volume of
house buildingand other development in the South East, and as part of
this, the East of England Plan has set out proposals for massive
building in the Region including large scale Green Belt destruction!
To herald the 50th anniversary of Green Belts and to draw attention to
the Government's serious reversal of all previous
Governments' support for Green Belts, the CPR England is promoting
a series of walks all around London to take place on Sunday August 21st.
It is hoped to achieve maximum publicity and participation for
this important event, especially for our Epping Forest Area walk!
An additional purpose of the walks is to attract sponsorship to
generate funds to support CPRE's Campaign to protect Green Belts.
To obtain further info on this aspect and the necessary forms,
Mr D Saunders,
Campaign to Protect Rural England,
128 Southwark Street,
London SE1 0SW
Details of the CPRE Epping Forest Walk
CHINGFORD TO THEYDON BOIS
Sunday, AUGUST 21
Start Time: 10.30 a.m.
Chingford Rail Station
(L177 GR 392 946)
Bury Road Car Park, Chingford Plain
(L177 GR 456 991)
Possible brief pub stop at The Owl, Lippits Hill
tea stop at High Beach.
Theydon Bois Station, on the Central Line.
(L177 GR 456 991)
Possibility of mini-bus
to return walkers to Chingford.
Distance about 6 miles - easy pace.
Leader: Harry Bitten