Tuesday, 17 November 2015


The item below was spotted on the council web site. Not sure how many residents would see it as a "resident led measure". What is happening now after 30 years or so is the council use CPZs to raise revenue from some residents, not all, and force residents to demand a CPZ as the impact from one area impacts on the next area. Church Lane had a CPZ installed a year or so ago this forced more parked vehicles onto Vallentin Road. A CPZ was then put in on Vallentin Road and now Fyfield Road is inundated with parked vehicles. Next month a CPZ will go in part of Fyfield Road so the parking will move to the non CPZ area until the residents complain and then the CPZ will be expanded again.

Why don't they either raise the council tax or put a blanket CPZ across the whole Borough so that everyone pays instead of this pointless piecemeal approach.

This is a result of residents complaining about parking difficulties they are experiencing. Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are a resident led measure where priority is given to residents and business to having an increased chance of finding a parking space near their home.


Lea Bridge Road Closure

This is one of the first traffic problems in Lea Bridge Road that Mini Holland will be responsible for. To get a cycle lane in over the aquaduct, near the Ice Centre in Lea Bridge Road, a traffic order has been issued closing the road between Chatsworth Road and Burwell Road from the 27th November for up to 2 months. It prohibits vehicles from entering, proceeding, waiting or loading for any purpose at any time in Lea Bridge Road E10.

Forest Philharmonic

Subject: Forest Phil's Concert Sunday 6 December

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 Tchaikovsky, Suk, Shostakovich
Sunday 6 December, 6.30pm

TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker Suite 1
SUK  Scherzo Fantastique


Mark Shanahan  conductor
Walthamstow Assembly Hall

In the approach to Christmas, what better piece to perform at this time of year than Tchaikovsky’s music for The Nutcracker ballet, including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance and Waltz of the Flowers. Written in memory of the 1905 Revolution in Russia, Shostakovich’s 11th symphony is drawn from 19th century songs with harmony influenced by Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky and has the feel of film music.... A CRACKER of a concert!

Free pre-concert talk downstairs at 5.30pm in the Jubilee Room.

PLUS: Interval party for Friends and season ticket holders!

Your orchestra,
Forest Philharmonic

PS  Something for the diary.
On Sunday 24 April 2016the Orchestra will be playing Beethoven Symphony No. 6, plus Mozart Arias and Don Giovanni Overture at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall. 


Tickets £10-£15
Concessions £8-£12
under 26s/students £3

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National Park City

London National Park City campaignhttp://www.nationalparkcity.london/
How we can make London a National Park City.

It's a pleasure to write and update you on the progress of our movement.

The crowdfunded proposal for a Greater London National Park City was published in July. It's purpose was to help us recruit more support and gain political traction. It sets out how London can become a National Park City once two-thirds of London's 654 electoral wards and the Mayor of London have declared their support.

The good news is that we are doing incredibly well.

  • 69 wards across 20 boroughs have already declared their support. This is 16% of our target in just four months. 
  • Key mayoral candidates are backing the initiative. Zac Goldsmith MP (Conservative) helped to crowdfund the proposal and Sadiq Khan MP (Labour), Sian Berry (Green) and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat) have all publicly given their support. 
With the London mayoral elections in May, the aim is to have the political legitimacy needed to make London a National Park City by summer 2016. After further consultation, planning, formation and development in 2017, it is possible that the London National Park City could be launched in 2018... but there is still a long way to go.

Please help to make the campaign a success by doing one or more of these things: 
Ask an organisation to declare its support - Know the leader of a small or large organisation? Ask them to back London to be a National Park City! The more community groups, charities and businesses that join us the stronger our initiative will be.  
Help to amplify the campaign - Ask your communications team to share our effort to make London a National Park City. Our new social media team loves chatting to people and organisations, so share your news, photos, opinions or questions using #NationalParkCity. Find us on Twitter (@LondonNPC), Facebook and now Instagram too. Do tweet why you support London to be a #NationalParkCity and we'll retweet. 
Live or work in London? Recruit the support of a ward - Emailing councillors and asking for their support is working. Copy, paste, adapt and send this template email to the councillors of a London ward to help recruit its support.  -http://www.nationalparkcity.london/recruit_your_wardYou may be able to think of other actions or resources that you or your organisation can use to help grow the movement and push the campaign forward. If you have any specific ideas or would like to collaborate in some way please do contact me directly. 

The next public campaign meeting is on December 1 in central London. You can register for this meeting here.http://www.nationalparkcity.london/events

Thank you very much for all your continued support. Together we can make London a National Park City. Let's make it happen!

Warm wishes,


Daniel Raven-Ellison

Recruit your ward

London can become a National Park City once 436 wards and the Mayor of London have declared their support. So far 69 wards have declared their support. You can see a list and map of declared wards here - http://www.nationalparkcity.london/ward_support
You can help to make London a National Park City by asking a ward's councillors to declare its support. So far we have had a very positive response by sending a friendly and positive email to councillors. A single email can make a big difference to this campaign - so please do send a message. 

We have had a very good response from the email below. Please feel free to copy, paste and adapt this. We have highlighted bold sections that you will need to adapt. A personal message is best, so do let the councillors know how you are connected to their ward and why you care about it. 


I hope that this email finds you all well.

I live in [ward name] and [add something personal and positive. What do you love/enjoy about your ward?].

You may already be aware of the campaign to make London the world's first National Park City. I’m supporting the initiative as one of its core aims is to connect 100% of London’s children to nature.

The full proposal can be read here. http://www.nationalparkcity.london/proposal

An independent poll has revealed that 8 in 10 Londoners think that this is something London councils should support. The initiative has also had unanimous cross-party support from the London Assembly.

A community-led initiative, a Greater London National Park City would be privately and commercially funded. No public sector funding is needed - and so it will not cost the council anything. No planning powers are being asked for either. What is needed is your political support. 

There is no precedent for making a National Park City - London will be the first. For London to become a National Park City two-thirds (436 of 654) of London's electoral wards and the Mayor of London must to declare their support. 69 wards across 20 boroughs have already declared their support. 

It would be wonderful to be able to add our ward to the growing list of declared wards - and get behind this important campaign. All that is needed is for the three of you to declare our ward's support. You can see which wards have already declared here.- http://www.nationalparkcity.london/ward_support
Can we please declare our ward’s support for this great initiative? All you need to do is email hello@nationalparkcity.org with your support. 

Thank you very much for your time.

Sleeping Beauty

: WoodhousePlayers Membership <woodhouse.members@gmail.com>

Woodhouse Players logo

The Woodhouse Players present their annual pantomime 'Sleeping Beauty' by Kevin Jannetts -  8th, 9th, 15th and 16th January 2016

All is not well in the Kingdom of Leytonstonia!
Evil Fairy, Carabosse, has cast a spell, leaving Princess Rose seemingly dead after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. Luckily, Good Fairy, Iridessa, has changed the spell so that Rose is only asleep. But can Dame Dottie Drawers snare a handsome prince for herself and find the princess's one true love in time to ensure a happy ever after?!
Join the Woodhouse Players for our production of this traditional story, full of fun, laughs, songs and speed-dating!

Performance dates:
Performances are at the Welsh Church Hall, 881 High Road E11 1HR:
- Friday 8th January at 8 pm
- Saturday 9th January at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
- Friday 15th January at 8 pm
- Saturday 16th January at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm (BSL-signed)

Ticket prices:
Advance booking (email/online/phone):  £8 (£5 concessions)
Pay on door (unbooked):  £9 (£6 concessions)

Book online via the website www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk
Phone/email reservations 020 8504 3872/ tickets@woodhouseplayers.co.uk

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Save Lea Marshes group


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Pray for Paris

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EMD progress

EMD progress

South Grove Consultation

Dear  Waltham Forest - Our Community,

Public consultation starting on new proposals for Land at South Grove, Walthamstow

I am writing on behalf of Hadley Property Group, regarding our proposals to transform the underused land at South Grove, close to St James Street Station, into high quality new homes alongside new public spaces and other benefits for local people.

Waltham Forest Borough Council has identified this site as a key town centre regeneration area, currently being used as an underused Council-run car park, truck stop, offices and light industrial units. As you may be aware, in 2013 Morrisons secured a planning consent for a large new supermarket and 245 homes, together with car parking at ground level. However, these plans did not come forward.

Earlier this year Hadley Property Group (HPG), in a joint venture with Osprey Equity Partners, agreed with the Council that we would bring forward new development proposals for this important site.

We are at the early stages of developing our proposals, but they will include a range of new homes (including affordable housing), a small convenience retail space or restaurant, new landscaped public spaces as well as pedestrian and cycle routes through the site. As the site has excellent pedestrian and public transport links, we are proposing a car-free development with a focus on improving cycling infrastructure on and around the site.

We want to ensure local people genuinely benefit from the transformation of this site and we aim to deliver an exceptional and well-designed place that both new and existing residents can enjoy.

We are about to start a public consultation process ahead of submitting a planning application. We would like to hear your views so that we can feed these into the design process and have therefore organised public exhibition events at two separate venues at the following dates and times:

·       Thursday 26 November:  5pm – 8pm - The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 7HA

·       Saturday 28 November: 10am – 3pm - Walthamstow Library, High St, Walthamstow, E17 7JN

As there was significant interest in the previous proposals for the site, we have set aside an additional hour between 4pm and 5pm on Thursday 26 November so that those with a particular interest in the site can view the proposals and have one-to-one discussions with the project team. The exhibition will then open to the general public from 5pm, but you are of course welcome to attend at any time over the two days.

At these events we will be gathering feedback from local people before submitting a planning application to the Council in Spring 2016.

If you are unable to attend one of the public exhibitions, our consultation website - www.southgrove.co.uk - will also feature all of our consultation materials once the public exhibitions start and you will be able to comment online.

In the meantime, if you would like any further information please feel free to email the consultation team at southgrove@londoncommunications.co.uk or phone 0800 307 7589 to leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you shortly.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours sincerely,

The Giant's Garden

The Giant's Garden

Whipps Cross Hospital recovering

Whipps recovering

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Walthamstow Calendar

Walthamstow Calendar

Walthamstow Tourist Board

Night Shelter

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Mini Holland 14-11-15


Save the Whipps Cross trees

Legal Case Costs

Money for Cycling 

Triple Win

Bikes for business


Retest Drivers over 70

Bulb Planting in Lloyd Park

Bulb Planting

Friends of Lloyd Park

Student's Art on display

Art Display

Chingford Walk

Walking in WF

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Pretty pics

Pretty pics

Town Hall

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Walthamstow Marsh

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Fly fishing at the ferry boat Inn 1831

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Thrift Shop

Thrift Shop

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Bill Measure


Bill’s funeral will be at 2.30 p.m. on Friday November 20th in the Chapel at the City of London Cemetery, Aldersbrook Road, London, E12 5DG.  Buses 19 and 101 stop near the entrance and the Cemetery is 10 minutes’ walk from Manor Park British Rail Station.
The cortege will leave 90 Richmond Road at 2 p.m.
He will have a woodland burial, without a gravestone, where we purchased a joint plot.
Bill did not want people to wear black at his funeral.
No flowers, please, but please give to the Cats’ Protection League.    You can send me a cheque or go to ‘Maureen’s page’ at justgiving.com or donate after the funeral.
Please let me know if you wish to make a tribute to Bill.
His wake is going to be at the Heathcote Arms, 344 Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11  4EA.   Parking should be easy as people will be at work
Please let me know if you are coming so that I can order enough catering.

Sadly, Maureen.


It is very sad to announce that Bill Measure died of a heart attack yesterday (Friday 6th November) in hospital. Our sympathies go out to his wife Maureen and their families.

Bill had been a campaigner on environmental issues for decades and lived in Leytonstone. Googling his name shows how involved with that community he became. For as long as I can remember he was a member of the Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party and the Waltham Forest Civic Society. When the Civic Society looked like closing he fought hard to save it. He was also interested in Local History and set up the Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society of which he was Chair.

When the Friends of the William Morris Gallery’s Chair resigned during the battle with the council Bill came forward and took the helm and steadied the group while the Gallery was being refurbished.

He was passionate about railways and was known to take day trips to Snowdon! He was no passenger though as he joined the Council’s Transport Liaison Consultative Group to actively campaign for better public transport.

Waltham Forest and Leytonstone in particular, has lost a great campaigner – with the loss of Katy Andrews earlier in the year this is a huge blow and hopefully their legacies will live on.

Mini Holland 7-11-15


FROM: Claire Weiss

Dear all,

I have sent the following communications (edited as appropriate) to: Jennette Arnold AM, Stella Creasy MP  and the three Waltham Forest Lea Bridge Ward Councillors:

As you know, one of the big issues under discussion and implementation in the borough is the Mini-Holland £30million-worth of improvements to travel and the environment in Waltham Forest. In general I support the aims of this project.

I am writing to you about a new element of Mini-Holland that has cropped up this week with the release of the consultation on the main works to Lea Bridge Road: to many people's surprise the eastbound bus lane is going to be removed entirely from the border with Hackney at the Lea up to the Bakers Arms.

From what I understand, there is a theory that if the traffic all goes along in one lane with no indentations for bus stops and no bus lanes, all traffic will proceed at the pace of the buses and so this means bus times would be optimal.

I have raised the following two questions with Jennette Arnold AM:
1. Has the removal of bus lanes as part of Mini-Holland been set out as a principle of general design?
2. Can you point me to any sources of research which have analysed the removal of bus lanes?

As you can imagine, this matter is causing a great deal of consternation locally, not least because in the preliminary consultations last summer the removal of the eastbound bus lane in Lea Bridge Road was not written into the narrative. It has now appeared, but without any particular heads-up for people. Unfortunately it seems to be another communication clanger for the project.

Although the Mini-Holland project is a local authority matter, I do think that changing traffic priorities in the Lea Bridge Road is something that will affect far more than just the local residents. For instance many vehicles from north London use the eastbound Lea Bridge Road from Hackney to turn off at Orient Way heading for the A12, M11 or Leyton Mills shopping centre. Travelling the road most days I see that it is used hugely by vehicles that are actually engaged in work of some kind such as goods delivery, service and business visits etc. Therefore I have also written urgently to Stella Creasy MP.

Does anyone in SLM or wider know more about the latest theories on bus lanes and their effectiveness?



Lea Bridge Road Consultation

Lea Bridge Caravan

Out and About

Court Case Lost

The Guardian - report of Council Meeting

Evening Standard report

Cycling Survey

Commuting and your Health

3 Boroughs involved

Sheffield Tweeting

Hackney Singers

Hackney Singers

Walthamstow Village Residents Association


Artist in Residence

Making Nowhere Somewhere 
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William Morris Gallery
Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Free entry
Rosalind Fowler: Making Nowhere Somewhere

Rosalind Fowler: Making Nowhere Somewhere

William Morris Gallery artist in residence 2015
Artist and experimental filmmaker Rosalind Fowler explores the connections between William Morris’s “ecotopian” ideals and Waltham Forest’s expanding network of urban food-growing sites.
Fowler will create work in response to OrganicLea, a community gardening project near Epping Forest. Visit her eco-film lab and learn about 16mm filmmaking techniques inspired by nature at one of the residency events.
Find out more

Grants available

Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund – Estates Programmes Open Round

There is between £2,000 to up to £20,000 up for grab thanks to the Evening Standard. The aim of this grant is to support local communities and neighbourhoods across London to build on skills and assets that exist in the community, tackle local need and improve the live of local people.
Everyone can apply to this grant but you’ll need to provide clear evidences that your project will meet residents’ need, and wherever possible, that residents have helped to shape or designed the project.
To propose your project you have until the 23th of November to apply. For more information and application process, please head over here

Tesco Local Community Grants

Thanks to Tesco who will award six grants per year in each of the 428 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland. In total, over 2,500 projects could benefit from this scheme. To be eligible to receive a funding, you need to apply through the Groundwork website, then if you are lucky to be shortlisted, your fate will be into Tesco customer’s hands as it is them who will vote for you in stores. Make sure you’ll let know everyone to vote for you if you go through the first stage!
The first place will be allowed £12,000, second place £10,000 and finally third place £8,000.
It can be a brand new project or part of something bigger but the organisation has to be a not-for-profit organisation. Now is your chance to improve your community!

When do you need planning permission?

Planning Permission

WF Planning

St. Mary's Leyton

St. Mary's

The Mill - nominated

The Mill

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Mini Holland 4-11-15

Mini Holland

Lea Bridge Road consultation underway

Ian Duncan Smith MP calls for rethink

The future for deliveries


Mini Holland Update: Lea Bridge Road and Response from Council re Six Month Review 
This week I have been informed that the consultation of the remaining sections of the Lea Bridge Road, Mini Holland Scheme has been launched. The consultation will be run through the on-line Common Place system however they will also be producing a consultation document that will be available on-line, in hard copy form on-request and in libraries and at information points for those people who cannot access the website. If you do not receive the consultation document in the next few weeks please contact the Mini -Holland teamand your local Councillors

So too, I have now received a response from the Council to my letter of the 23 September regarding a number of issues which I will circulate shortly to all those who have been in touch with me about this proposal. I can confirm that the council will be conducting a review of this scheme, but that this will not take place until Summer 2016 and will not be used to influence the proposals being currently implemented which will go ahead on the current timescale. As there are a number of documents that have been sent to me by the Council I hope to be able to circulate these to local residents in the next week, so if you have not already signed up for my updates on this matter and would like to read these please reply to this email by Tuesday 3 November. 

Walthamstow Stadium update

Walthamstow Stadium update

War Memorial News

War Memorial News

Snow Angels

Dear Residents

As always we are looking to increase the number of Snow Angels in the William Morris ward - who do the important job of helping to clear pavements in the area  - so please promote the scheme to your neighbours and anyone else you think may be interested and ask them to get in touch.

Waltham Forest Council is considering expanding the Snow Angels scheme by offering current and new Snow Angels free litter pickers and litter bags. These additional pieces of equipment could be used for any resident led or Council led clean up events in your local area throughout the year or in case you might want to do something yourself. We would like to gauge the level of interest in this initiative, so if you would like to receive a free litter picker and litter bags, please contact the team to register your interest and we’ll be in touch.

If you are interested in becoming a snow angel please get in touch with Kris Rhodes who is copied in.

Grace, Stuart and Nadeem