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The South Essex Heckler - Archive

Dave – the editor

Back in May on our sister project, Alternative Estuary, we published this piece eulogising the value of being able to access open space during lockdown: Reflections on the value of a park. The park in question is on the western edge of Stanford-le-Hope and was created from part of an old golf course by a housing developer as one of the conditions for being granted permission to build houses on the rest of it. As with most developer created parks, it could have been done better. Also it would be good if the park actually had a name!

Despite all of this, during lockdown this park provided a valuable opportunity for local residents to get out and get some exercise. The benefits of having access to open space during lockdown weren’t just physical but mental as well. Being able to get out to somewhere that’s open…

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