Members of our committee have been working on a new document that seeks to pull together information about the former landfill site at Holwell Hyde. The area that has long been home to our household refuse site and is also now earmarked for development as ‘Birchall Garden Suburb’ in the proposed Local Plan. We have discovered that the site has a long and interesting history, acting as a landfill site for all manner of waste, much it from across London, for about 70 years. It turns out that for many years London’s waste was loaded onto trains, and later lorries, at Ashburton Grove in North London, where the Arsenal Emirates stadium now stands, and sent up to the Holwell Hyde landfill site.
Our new report on the subject seeks to present what we’ve found, but we are also very interested in more information about how the site operated from anyone who was involved in its original incarnation as a landfill site? If you have anymore information, (especially photos as we have found none so far) please do contact us.
This site is of course part of the WHBC proposed Local Plan (WGC5) and we have made some comments about that aspect within the paper. At this stage it seems uncertain that the history of the site and the implications of 70 years of waste has been fully accounted for in the council’s current proposals. We have also come across three recent and very detailed professional site surveys which also throw up questions with regard to contamination levels, and what they may mean for any future development that may include schools, homes, employment, recreation, and a country park.
You can download the report document here: What Lies Beneath (WGC5) Final v1.0
If you can help us build up a better picture of what went on at this site up until about 1990 please do get in touch as this will be an evolving document. Your views and comments are welcome.