Saturday, 22 September 2018


Dear community champions,

Thank you for all of the work you do to help keep our neighbourhoods clean, green and safeJ

We know that clean streets are one of the most important things to our residents. Earlier this year we launched an innovative new technology which allows you to report issues such as fly-tipping and dog fouling on the go straight from your mobile phone.

If you’re on Social Media, you can quickly report issues 24/7 by visiting the Waltham Forest Council Facebook webpage page and pressing ‘Send Message’ at the top of the page. This will open a Messenger conversation with a Chatbot, which guides users through the process of submitting a report.

Twitter users can report issues by sending a Direct Message to @WFTellWalt

Once a report has been submitted, you receive a unique reference that can be used to track online. You also have the option to receive updates via Messenger.

The new tool means that your reports will go straight through to the council crews on the ground speeding up response times and ensuring our streets are even cleaner.

Please help us by reporting neighbourhood issues to us and by telling you friends and neighbours about the new reporting Chatbots!

Wajid Ali
Senior Campaigns Officer
Waltham Forest Council
Room 224
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Forest Road
London E17 4JF

Tel: 020 8496 8492

BoC Signature

North London Waste Plan - update

North London Waste

The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden

Decling Park Maintenance - your evidence needed

Declining Park Maintenance

Save Chef's Corner

Dear friends and neighbours

I have just signed the petition "Save Chef's Corner" on Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone.

£40,000 could be spent on this design and I want to ask if you could add your name too. I don't know about you but I don't consider this design to be appropriate for the first Borough of Culture!

This campaign means a lot to me. The more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding.  If the council goes ahead regardless of local opinion, some direct action would be the order of the day. See you there!

You can read more and sign the petition here:

Thank you!


P.S. Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It's really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

Hightide comes to town -- but only for another year

Hightide can barely squeeze into the Town Centre so once Capital & Regional start work in 2020 to wreck the Town Centre there will be no chance of them coming back to Walthamstow. How can Cllr Coghill believe this will benefit the residents of Waltham Forest?

Help Save our Square by donating to our fighting fund

HighTide, one of the UK’s most prominent arts festivals, will return to Walthamstow from 18-30 September this year, bringing a diverse programme of theatre, comedy, music, and work for children and their families. This will be the second outing for HighTide Festival in Walthamstow, following a successful year in 2017. The Festival will once again be primarily based in a unique pop-up Festival site situated in Walthamstow Town Square Gardens.
The Festival site will be free to enter, and will feature a large bar and dining area housed in two giant heated tipis, featuring pieces on loan from God’s Own Junkyard, the legendary Walthamstow wonderland of new and used neon fantasies, salvaged signs, reclaimed neon, old movie props and retro displays, alongside retro pinball machines and cosy furniture.
The bar will be a collaboration between local and national companies with beer and cider provided by Walthamstow breweries Pillars and The Real AL Company, as well as spirits from Hunters Gin and soft drinks and mixers from Peter Spanton. There will also be coffee served by local companyVelopresso from their trademark pedal-powered coffee trike, who will be serving signature blends from leading Waltham Forest coffee company Perky Blenders.
An array of food traders from the local area and further afield will be on-site throughout the Festival, including specialty sausages and vegan dogs byWalthamstow Dogs, Vietnamese street food from Hanoi Câ Phè and Mexican street food from Wood Street’s Homies on Donkeys. At weekends vintage ice creams and retro ice lollies will be served up by Wendy’s Vintage Ices, and Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery, soon to open an outlet in Walthamstow, will provide their trademark sugar-free cakes and biscuits, along with a wide range of baked goods and snacks.
The Festival will be supporting a host of local talent, inviting them to feature in the Festival after taking part in Open Mic nights in Waltham Forest on 4th, 5th and 6th September. The Open Mic nights will be free to enter and attend, and winners will perform in the Festival bar in the evenings, providing free entertainment. Performers aged 18-25 will also be considered for HighTide’s brand new talent showcase, Stars Over the Forest, at the Festival on 22 September.
The ticketed Festival programme includes eleven family shows including local company Baby Panda presenting Five Little Monkeys. Visiting companies include HighRise Theatre with Lil.Miss.Lady, exploring the history of Grime, and Waltham Forest company Stand and Be Counted presenting Where We Began, featuring an international cast exploring notions of home, alongside several more first commissions and readings. The comedy programme’s highlights will include Tim Key’s Megadate and there will also be gigs from artists including Arthur Darvill.
The Festival programme also includes the arrival of five productions fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. HighTide’s centrepiece production, co-produced with their associate company DugOut Theatre, is a song-laced coming of age tale by Aldeburgh-based writer Tallulah Brown calledSonglines (rides a wave of gentleness and compassion for teenage awkwardness ****, FEST MAGAZINE) and features live folk music from the award-winning band TRILLS, who will also perform a one-off gig following the performance on Sunday 23rd.  HighTide’s associate productions selected through an open script submission process are: SparksJessica Butcher’s two-hander musical about the brain's response to grief (One of the most fascinating shows at the Fringe this year *****, MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW)Danusia Samal’s gig-theatre piece Busking It, drawing on a decade of busking on the tube (A moving show, a beautiful story, A YOUNGER THEATRE) The Extinction Event from David Aula and Simon Evans an examination of what happens when science starts thinking for itself (bewildering, baffling, brilliant ****, THE STAGE); and finally, Harry Blake’s fierce, fabulous new comedy musical about Norse gods Thor and Loki (Crowd teasing, crowd pleasing, spectacular theatre at its very best*****, THE MUMBLE).

Friday, 21 September 2018

Blackhorse Point Planning Application submitted

Blackhorse Road Station Car Park to close so this terrible development can go ahead and congest the area even more.

Planning Application 182917 has been submitted for 350 flats in 5 to 21 storeys on land owned by The Mayor which should have been reserved for Social Housing as it is publicly owned land. With the other tall buildings in the area it is going to create a tunnel like experience getting to the Wetlands!

Planning Applications in Wood Street

It is interesting to see how fast our Borough is changing. In fact behind the scenes it is changing even more as there a number of planning applications that have been granted and no work started. Wood Street has at least 2 sites.

245 Wood Street, E17 3NT    153860    Approved 9/3/17
7 storeys  29 flats

220 Wood Street   171929  E17 3NA  Submitted 15/6/17 but not yet approved.
26 Flats in 5 storeys