Public meeting on Police plans for Flats

A public meeting to discuss plans to build a temporary police briefing centre on Wanstead Flats for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Forest Gate tonight.

Fierce opposition to the proposals is expected at the meeting, which starts at 7pm at Durning Hall, Earlham Grove.

The meeting was called after the Home Office launched a consultation to amend the Epping Forest Act 1878 so that the structure can be built on the fairground area of the open space.

But angry Forest Gate residents, who fear the structure might become permanent, have drawn up a petition that has already gathered “an impressive number” of signatures.