The proposed Broxbourne White Water Canoe Centre may face new planning obstacles as concerns are raised about traffic congestion on roads leading to the proposed new site.

The White Water Centre, which will be the venue for the 2012 London Olympic white water slalom canoe and kayak events has had a troubled start.  The originally planned site at Spitalbrook in Broxbourne was shelved earlier this year when it was found that the land was contaminated.

As a consequence the proposal was to build the White Water centre to the South of Broxbourne.

Concerns have now been raised by Epping Forest councillors about the increased traffic, particularly during the development of the slalom course.

Epping Forest District Council wrote to its Broxbourne counterpart calling for: “No construction traffic using the Crooked Mile, Parklands, Sewardstone Road, or Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey during either the Olympic phase or the Legacy stage of construction.”

Hopefully these objections will not delay the planning permission that is required from being granted. Having already suffered a setback, it is important that planning permission is granted without any hitches so that construction can begin.

The proposed site for the Broxbourne White Water Centre is just a few minutes drive from junction 25 of the M25, most heavy traffic will almost certainly be coming from the M25 and so should avoid Epping Forest.

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