St Paul's Field
St Paul’s Field is in the north of the park and is part of the Nazeing complex of lagoons, path networks and open parkland. As with much of the Park it is ex landfill and has a chequered history including some contamination. Part of the site has been sold and the proceeds will be used to develop new public access linking Meadgate Lane with Dobbs Weir road and providing a new route to link the Park Path through Nazeing.
History of the site
St Paul’s Field is a landfilled part of the Park which has not been developed or improved for any use up until now. It sits to the East of Nazeing North Lagoon which is the home for Broxbourne Sailing club.
The eastern part of the site has been sold to the local company Lignacite. The Park Authority have retained the western part which borders the lagoon. This strip also facilitate the fishing club and there are a range of fishing platforms used along the eastern boundary of the lagoon.
There is a small fisherman’s car park just off Meadgate road at the south of the proposed path development.
You can see a map of the site here
The project proposes to develop a new footpath link from Meadgate Road to Dobbs Weir Road developing a new link to the Park Path and creating more open space for visitors to enjoy.
Develop a landscape plan and proposal including:
New path network
Fishing platform access
Bridges over ditches
New landscaping and wildlife improvements
Funding for this project will come from the Authority’s capital fund and the project should be delivered over the winter of 2022/23.
Head of Projects and Funding Delivery Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said:
“We are delighted that we can now fund opening a new part of the Park that will link Meadgate Road with Dobbs Weir Road and the Park Path. We are excited to be working with Lanpro to develop an interesting and relaxing route through this unused piece of land.”
Update November 2023
We now have full planning permission for this scheme and will procuring contractors within the next few months. We will be pressing ahead to deliver this project over the winter 2023/24. We have closed one outlier badger set for the duration of the works to ensure there is no disturbance during the construction and this will be opened in the spring after works are completed.