MailOnline may reveal a second large morgue under construction in east London on a site previously used to store garbage trucks.
Waltham Forest workers are preparing three large white tents to house the bodies of victims of the coronavirus, who may arrive as early as Sunday.
It comes two days after MailOnline revealed that a morgue the size of two football fields was being built at Manor Park in nearby Newham.
Waltham Forest workers prepare three large white tents to shelter the bodies of coronavirus victims, who may arrive as early as Sunday
The new site, at Low Hall Depot in Leyton, covers nearly 10 acres of land, near homes, a elementary school, and a sports field
The bodies will be stored in three large separate marquee-style buildings and, depending on the sources, rows of metal supports have been installed to form shelves for body bags.
Waltham Forest Council manages several services from the plot, including storage of garbage trucks while a sewage treatment plant is located nearby
The new site, at Low Hall Depot in Leyton, covers almost 10 acres of land, close to homes, a primary school and a sports field.
The Waltham Forest Council operates several services from the plot, including the storage of garbage trucks while a sewage treatment plant is located nearby.
It is six miles from Excel’s new Nightingale Hospital, which can treat 4,000 victims and was officially opened today by Prince Charles.
The bodies will be stored in three large separate marquee-style buildings and, according to sources, rows of metal supports were being installed to form shelves for body bags.
The huge white buildings can be seen from neighboring houses, but residents were unaware of their purpose.
NHS social worker Lynn, who lives nearby, said, “We weren’t told what they were used for. I do not know why.
Huge white buildings can be seen from neighboring houses, but residents were unaware of their purpose
NHS social worker Lynn, who lives nearby, said, “We weren’t told what they were used for. I don’t know why it’s ‘
“But they must be stored somewhere and a respectable level of care must be shown to the dead at the same time.
“It’s a quiet area and the depot is off the main roads, so I guess that’s why they chose it.
But another resident, who lives in the vicinity of Telford Close, said, “I can see the morgue from where I stand.
“They started building them on Tuesday and I didn’t know what they were used for. But then there is a lot of work going on and you hardly pay attention to it.
“It would have been nice to have received a letter explaining things through the board. I’m going to worry about how the bodies come here. It gives a very depressing view of life and death right now. “
A source inside the depot added: “Everything was done with rapid precision and the buildings went up very quickly.
A source inside the depot added: “Everything was done with rapid precision and the buildings went up very quickly”
The new morgue is on land planned for 450 new houses which should be completed in the fall of 2024
“There are trucks arriving with machines to keep the bodies cold and that don’t decompose, and boxes and boxes of uniforms and technical aids probably for mortars.
“A set of road markings and surfaces have been placed so that the vehicles carrying the bodies can cross the rough terrain in many places.
“I would say that a hundred people participated in the construction of morgues over an area of about 100 meters. Contractors have just started work with minimal hassle.
The new morgue is on land reserved for 450 new homes that are expected to be completed in the fall of 2024.
The abandoned and dilapidated buildings on the site have already been demolished.
On its website, the Waltham Forest Council states: “The repository is a busy operational site with several co-located occupants working for or on behalf of the council.
“Although functional, the majority of buildings are in poor condition and require significant reinvestment.
“There are also health and safety issues, which were highlighted in a recently commissioned audit report and need to be addressed. It’s a big site with a lot of underused land.
MailOnline revealed on Wednesday that a large morgue was being built on Epping Forest lands in Manor Park.
It comes two days after MailOnline revealed that a morgue the size of two football fields was being built at Manor Park in neighboring Newham (photo)
The Newham morgue, the size of two football fields, is being built on forest land near the crematorium and the City of London cemetery
Newham site is also slated to take the dead from the ExCel Center’s new Nightingale Hospital
Near the London crematorium and cemetery, he is expected to take the dead from the new Nightingale hospital at the ExCel Center.
The proximity of the morgue to the hospital, which is less than five kilometers away, and the cemetery were provided to facilitate the transportation of the bodies of the temporary morgue to their final resting place.
The mayor of Newham, Mrs. Rokhsana Fiaz, has written to residents informing them of the solemn buildings appearing in front of their homes.
She said, “The facility will serve as a retention point before respectful and dignified cremation or burial can take place to send a loved one on their last trip.
But she warned the families of the victims of the coronavirus: “Unfortunately, parents will not be able to visit the site. “
The new Waltham Forest site is six miles from Excel’s new Nightingale Hospital (pictured), which will treat 4,000 victims and was officially opened today by Prince Charles
She added: “They (Public Health England) also strongly advised grieving people not to participate in rituals or practices that put them in close contact with the body of the deceased or showing symptoms of oronavirus because there is a low but real risk of transmission from the body of a deceased person. “
A spokesperson for the London Strategic Coordination Group said: “We hope people will understand that we are in a fast and difficult situation.
“To cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, several temporary burial sites had to be identified as part of London’s strategic resilience response.
“We understand people’s desire for information and we are in constant dialogue with local authorities and representatives of London’s faith communities.
“Our top priority is to ensure an efficient, dignified and respectful process for all those who have died and all who have lost a loved one. “
The Waltham Forest Council was invited for comments.