Saturday, 13 July 2019


"A little water clears us of this deed.."
On a bleak Scottish moorland, Macbeth and Banquo, two great warriors, discover three strange women. The witches prophesy that Macbeth will become the new Thane of Cawdor, and eventually the King of Scotland.
A story of ambition, Macbeth is one of the world's most famous tragedies. Join the Woodhouse Players as we enter the dark world of Scotland through the eyes of William Shakespeare's most iconic couple....

Fri 12th July 2018, 8pm
Sat 13th July 2018, 2.30pm and 8.00pm
Fri 19th July 2018, 8pm
Sat 20th July 2018, 2.30pm* and 8.00pm
*BSL signed performance
At the Welsh Church Hall 881 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR (by Green Man roundabout, opposite O'Neills)
£8 (£5 concs) booked/reserved in advance
£9/£6 at the door
Book online via the website ; phone reservations 020 8504 3872
Gill Taylor
Woodhouse Players
Membership Secretary

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Creeping privatisation of London Parks

Creeping Privatisation

Lea Bridge Gas Works Redevelopment

Lea Bridge Gas Works Consultation

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Town Centre - Construction Traffic chaos


Application No: 183989
Juniper House, 221 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London E17 9PH

The developers of Juniper House (the old Poll Tax House building owned by the council) called a meeting in the Central Library for residents to ask questions about how the construction traffic will access the new development.

The plans are for a 16 storey tower block with 91 flats and a 50 place nursery in the back yard of the tower block. The site is adjacent to the overground railway and only accessible from First Avenue. Work is expected to start on demolition of the existing building later this year.

The consultant that attended the meeting (there were no councillors or Highway engineers from LBWF present) stated the Highways department was recommending access to the site had to be by turning left off Hoe Street into GROSVENOR PARK ROAD, left into PEMBROKE ROAD and left into ORFORD ROAD and then right into FIRST AVENUE and then direct in to the site. This makes no sense to subject all these residents to the heavy traffic caused by a construction site that will go on for 2 years when a left turn direct in to First Avenue could be created from Hoe Street.

This is not the only construction site in the area due to start work shortly.

All these sites are due to start next year and some will go on for at least 10 years. How will Hoe Street and the Town Centre survive this barrage of extra traffic? We don't know as the council and the GLA are not prepared to announce their plans. Demand a public meeting to find out what the plans are for keeping Hoe Street traffic flowing!

CENTRAL HOUSE (formerly Strettons)

Later in the year the Strettons block will be demolished and replaced by a 11 storey hotel and 5 storey office block. The only access to the site is via CHURCH HILL right into STAINFORTH ROAD and right into ST MARYS ROAD. This will disrupt the normal life of residents in these quiet streets.


A 29 storey tower block is due to be built on the Mall shopping centre as well as the enlargement of the shopping centre and remodelling of the reduced open space to say nothing of the felling of the 81 trees destroying the very attractive avenue of lime trees. Access will have to be right from HOE STREET into SELBORNE ROAD.


This will also include works at Walthamstow Central to provide a tunnel from the station to the Mall.
Access will be right from HOE STREET into SELBORNE ROAD.

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Work is expected to start soon on the refurbishment of the EMD but where will the construction traffic park for this site?  Access only from HOE STREET.
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90 one bedroom flats on the site of the closed Ross Wyld Care Homer opposite Lloyd Park.  Access by turning right at the Bell and into Forest Road.

Pocket Living - more details


Work starts next year on replacing the fountain and adapting the inside for the 21st century. Later the Magistrates will be demolished and an office block built. Even later 2 residential blocks will be constructed. All the construction traffic for many years coming up from the North Circular along Chingford Road past the Bell.  Access by turning left past the Bell along Forest Road into the Town Hall complex or from the Waterworks along Forest Road.

Town Hall regeneration project

Friday, 14 June 2019

Walthamstow Town Centre - Update


We hope you will be able to join us at a meeting from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on 
Tuesday, 25 June 2019, at Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow, E17 7JN.

Juniper House construction traffic consultation

This is an important meeting to find out how the Council intends to manage the traffic in Hoe Street for the next 10 years. Juniper House (formerly Poll Tax House), Central House (Strettons), The Mall, Granada Cinema (EMD) and the Town Hall are all expected to start construction work next year (so the planning documents say!). In addition there is a panic on with the over crowding at Walthamstow Central Station so TfL have brought forward their plans to build a tunnel from the platform to the shopping centre.

All the construction traffic will be routed from the North Circular via Chingford Road and Hoe Street past the Bell. None of the sites can allow vehicles to stop in Hoe Street as it will be brought to a halt so how are the GLA and the council intending to manage this horrendous situation?

Come and find out.

At Capital and Regional's AGM I spoke to the Chief Executive and they are in deep discussions with TfL about the tunnel and building over the Victoria Line. Clearly the Mall scheme has not been abandoned but their partner, Mount Anvil, is still considering their position. They hope to present their full planning proposals to build the 29 storey tower blocks "later this year"!

With retail on the rocks, people having less spending power, the environment rushing up the agenda and Brexit, this scheme looks more out of date by the day! Add in the 15,000 to 20,000 flats being built between Tottenham Hale and Walthamstow Central, which will be occupied before the first brick of the tower blocks is laid, can this scheme really be allowed to proceed? Oh and add in the complications of fire risk created by  the Grenfell Tower fire!

Incidentally their shares are penny shares now at 14p from a high of 70p three years ago. Not a strong position to be in to take on a £200m redevelopment so thought the shareholders at the AGM!!

Get along to Winn's Gallery in Lloyd Park and see what they are doing to save the trees in the Town Centre.

5 years of Mini Holland !


5 Years of Mini Holland

Whipps Cross interchange is still not finished and the top end of Lea Bridge Road is a nightmare. Don't worry Walthamstow Town Centre is next to be wrecked next year!

As it was

Redevelopment of Ross Wyld Care Home (opposite Lloyd Park)

Dear Sir / Madam
I am writing to inform you of Pocket Living’s proposals for 90 new, affordable one-bedroom homes at 458 Forest Road, E17 and to invite you to the public consultation, which takes place from 16.00 to 19.50 on  Monday 24th June 2019.
Pocket’s proposals are for 90 new homes, all of which will be sold at a 20% discount to the open market exclusively to first-time buyers who live or work in London Borough of Waltham Forest. This is Pocket’s 3rd site in Waltham Forest, we have recently submitted a planning application for our site in Osiers Way, Leyton and in 2018 completed our award-winning development at Gainsford Road also within the William Morris Ward and a short walk away from the proposed development. These new homes will allow local people a chance to get on the housing ladder who would not otherwise be able to do so.
Pocket homes are owned 100% outright by buyers and there are no ‘buy to let’ investors. Our homes are affordable in perpetuity and have restrictive covenants which control their affordability. In 2017 Sadiq Khan invested £25m in Pocket Living to deliver over a 1000 home starts by March 2021.
The public consultation will take place at One Hoe Street, E17 4SD. The consultation runs from 16.00 until 19.50.   If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards,
Paul Jess

Paul Jess 
Development Manager

Pocket Living
Tower House
10 Southampton Street
London WC2E 7HA
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