Proposed Olympics police base on Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats
29 March 2011

A 14-day period opened on Tuesday 22 March for people specially and directly affected by the proposal to use part of Wanstead Flats as a police base during the 2012 Olympic Games to submit their views for consideration by a House of Lords select committee.

The Legislative Reform (Epping Forest) Order 2011 is a draft legislative reform order which enables the Metropolitan Police to build a temporary muster station on land in Epping Forest (Wanstead Flats) and use it for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The muster point would be dismantled after the Games.

The order has to be approved by both Houses of Parliament before it can have effect. 

Before the motions to agree to the order can be put before either House there are parliamentary processes which need to be completed which permit specially and directly affected individuals and groups to present their arguments against the order.

Those wishing to give their views must follow the guidelines for submitting a ‘petition’ to the House of Lords.

A ‘petition’ in this context is a document in a specific format that outlines how the proposed use of Wanstead Flats affects them and why they think the proposal should not go ahead.

A petitioning kit is available from the House of Lords Private Bill Office: 

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 4 April 2011.

If petitions are presented to the House of Lords, the Hybrid Instruments select committee will consider them.

Further information

The Legislative Reform (Epping Forest) Order 2011 is a Legislative Reform Order and has been classified as a hybrid instrument.

Hybrid instruments are statutory instruments which affect specific private or local interests.

Hybrid instruments are quite rare. The last one to have petitions presented against it was the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2004. 

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