Saturday, 27 February 2016

Mini Holland Update 27-2-16

Mini Holland

Latest on Whipps Cross Roundabout

Shernhall Street and surroundings

At the recent Wood Street Ward Forum it was announced more work is to be carried out on Shernhall Street.

Whipps Cross

At the Ward Forum it was announced there may be a permitted right turn from Woodford New Road into Forresters Drive - those present were surprised as there is no demand and it could become a rat run!

Markhouse Road
The consultation for Markhouse Road will take place between Monday 29 February and 21 March 2016. The link to the online survey will be live on Monday 29 February.

 Walthamstow Leisure Centre Car Park - suddenly, with no consultation, the car park shared by Walthamstow Leisure centre and Kelmscott School is going to be a pay and display car park. As the signs only permit a 3 hour stay and the web site only sells a 2 hour permit none of the teaching staff at Kelmscott, the majority arrive by car, will be able to stay longer than 3 hours! It will be even more interesting when Ofsted turn up and are told they have to pay to park and can only stay for 3 hours! Is this another devious bit of the Mini Holland virus spreading across the Borough?

Upgrading of the Barking to Gospel Oak Line


The reason for this interim Bulletin is that in recent days BGORUG has received reliable information from several sources regarding arrangements Transport for London (TfL) is making for passengers while the line is closed for Network Rail to carry out the bulk of the electrification works. 

The line will be closed continuously between Barking and South Tottenham on 4th June 2016 until February 2017. During this period train services will continue to operate, on weekdays only, between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham and from 24th September 2016 the whole line will be closed. 

When it reopens to traffic in early February, the Overhead Line Equipment (OHLE) and power supply systems will still be under test and commissioning, requiring continuing weekend closures and are not expected to be available for electric trains to use until June 2017. Passenger services will continue to be provided by the existing 2-car diesel trains on the same timetable until spring 2018 when new 4-car electric trains are delivered. The footbridge across Walthamstow Queen’s Road station will be closed to pedestrians from 4th June 2016 until early February 2017. 

TfL has decided to change the routing of the two existing rail replacement bus services to shorten journey times and reduce the effects of traffic congestion, but these alterations will leave several stations without a rail replacement bus service. It is understood that TfL is putting the revised services out to tender around now with the commencement date being 4th June. Revised Rail Replacement Bus Route ‘T’ Barking – Walthamstow Central Daily from Saturday 4th June 2016, every 15 minutes, but every 10 minutes in peak periods.  Barking Station  Woodgrange Park station  Wanstead Park station  Harrow Green, Leytonstone (for Leytonstone High Road station)  Leyton Midland Road station  Walthamstow Central, Selborne Road RRB bus stops Buses will then run out of service to and from their layover point at St. James Street bus station in Courtenay Mews.

Revised Rail Replacement Bus Service ‘J’ Gospel Oak – Seven Sisters Weekends from Saturday 4th June 2016, then daily from 24th September. Double deck buses running every 15 minutes, but every 10 minutes at peak times.  Highgate Road (for Gospel Oak station)  Upper Holloway station  Hornsey Road, junction with Hanley Road (for Crouch Hill station)  Finsbury Park station  Harringay Green Lanes station  Seven Sisters station (High Road bus stops by Victoria Line entrance/exits) Buses will then run out of service to and from their layover point at Ashley Road & Burdock Road by Tottenham Hale station. 

TfL justifies providing no bus service between Walthamstow Central and South Tottenham by stating that the Victoria Line between Walthamstow Central and Seven Sisters is quicker. This overlooks the fact that while the weekday Gospel Oak – South Tottenham train service is running (6th June – 23rd September) passengers will have a 5-7 minute walk and a 8-10 minute Underground journey to link up with the Barking bus and vice versa. 

BGORUG’s initial thoughts are that the Barking bus (Route ‘T’) should:  Have an additional stop for Leyton Underground station (Warren Road/Grove Green Road)  Be extended, on days when the Gospel Oak – South Tottenham train service is running, to South Tottenham station and on other days to Tottenham Hale to connect with an extended Route ‘J’ and also call at: o Walthamstow South Grove (for Walthamstow Queen’s Road station) o Blackhorse Road station The Gospel Oak bus (Route ‘J’) should be extended in service from Seven Sisters to Tottenham Hale to provide a connection with an extended Barking bus (Route ‘T’). TfL have told Stella Creasy MP that affected passengers will be allowed to pass through Zone 1 without additional charge. BGORUG also thinks Crouch Hill passengers should also be granted free travel on bus routes 210, W3 & W7. We also think that a Monday – Friday express bus linking Barking with Tottenham Hale would be useful for passengers. Running from Barking every 30 minutes 06:00 – 10:30 and every 30 minutes from Tottenham Hale 15:30 – 20:00. What do you think? BGORUG wants to hear passengers’ views. Should affected passengers be given free travel on other bus routes or Underground lines? We are meeting TfL on 10th March so please let us know what you think. Either email direct or post on our website Have Your Say! message board. Glenn Wallis Secretary

MEP visits Groundworks

Green MEP Jean Lambert tours Groundwork's local reuse projects 
On Friday 19th February, Green MEP Jean Lambert was in London visiting Groundwork’s local reuse projects. The first destination was Western Riverside Waste Authority in Wandsworth, where Jean was introduced to RE:WORK, Groundwork’s household appliance and furniture reuse workshops. Next, Jean travelled to Camberwell, where she was introduced to a community reuse initiative known as The Loop, set up in a shipping container on Samuel Lewis Trust Estate. The project aims to reduce fly-tipping, promote local reuse and improve the local environment while also offering training, employment and volunteering opportunities to local residents. Jean Lambert said of the projects she visited, “I'm delighted...I'd like to see fruitful partnerships like this grow and reach more areas of London”.

Queens Road Stories

A patch of Walthamstow through time... Saturday 5 March, 1.30pm - 5pm.
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Queens Road Stories

Queens Road Stories

Saturday 5 March, 1.30pm-5pm
Free. No need to book.

For one day only, visit the Queens Road Stories exhibition in the Community Room and share your memories of this patch of Walthamstow for the new website by Clio’s Company: All welcome, with storytelling and refreshments.
The event includes a Searchroom open afternoon from 2.30-5.00, to view highlights from Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library collections relating to the Queen’s Road area.
Please note the Searchroom is accessible by stairs only.
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London's Future

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Latest from the Mill

Latest from the Mill

Tree Planting

Leyton Marsh, Lee Valley Park - Community Tree Planting Day - Saturday 5th March
Lea Valley Park will be planting in 150 young tree whips & shrubs around Leyton Marsh behind Lee Valley Ice Centre between 10:00 – 15:30 on Saturday 5th March with the help of volunteers, rangers and members of the public. People can help plant as few or as many trees as they wish. There will also be some refreshments available as well. If you are interested in joining the planting day, volunteers will be meeting behind Lee Valley Ice Centre at 10:00am

Social Fabric

Social Fabric exhibition

Court Closure

Court Closure

So what will happen to the building and its surrounding open space?

Fun Time

To: "ROS KANE" <>

Diaries out, folks!
YOU (and YOURS) are invited to
·        A celebration of being alive and getting to know each other
·        A chance to let your hair down and have a very interesting time as well
·        A FUNraising event (admittedly there’s a ‘D’ in there somewhere but read on…)
WHEN is this amazing happening?  SUNDAY 17th April 2016
WHERE? Wanstead Quaker Meeting House, Bush Road, Leytonstone E11 3AU
WHAT TIME?  3pm – 9pm
The one and only Ian Saville, red magician and ventriloquist extraordinaire, will delight and astound us (and will bring William Morris with him, sort of) from 4pm – 4.45pm.
There will be DANCING! (but you don’t have to)
There will be lots of gorgeous FOOD and DRINK (please bring something veggie if you can)
There will be PERFORMANCES by anyone who wants to perform (you know the sort of thing: poem, song, tune, story true or false - preferably funny, joke, dance, acrobatics, unlikely yoga posture, art/photos showing, mime, anything goes) - but no pressure!
There will be LAUGHTER and the chance to hobnob with lovely people, new or known
There will be one or two RIVETING TALKS about the charity Carefree Kids and your chance to become a Friend of CFK, purchase our unique bags, cards or notebooks or just give a one-off donation.
The wonderful thing about that last bit is that YOU DON’T HAVE TO. You are welcome if you ‘just’ want to come and eat and drink and have a good time.
·        Let me know if you can come, but if you don’t get that together, come anyway
·        There’s a car park in front of the place
·        Turn up at any time for 5 minutes to 6 hours, EXCEPT while Ian performs (4 - 4.45pm)
·        If you can’t come but want to have fun another time, or support this excellent cause, let me know
From Ros Questions? 0208 555 5258  15 Matcham Road E11 3LE
Please note: I do not look at emails all the time, so if urgent, please phone me on 0208 555 5248.
Also, occasionally emails do not reach me. so please phone if I have not responded within a few days.

Walthamstow Town Centre update

Walthamstow Town Centre

Crossing Campaign

Crossing Campaign

Friday, 5 February 2016

Mini Holland Update 5-2-16


More money squandered - why two speed cushions and many posts so close and why in the parking bay? - will new robot controlled cars be going too fast when they park?

Why is the Village privileged to have it s speed cushions removed and replaced with humps - all the other speed cushions around the Borough are wearing out and need replacing!

An interesting report published by the Institute of Economic Affairs suggests four out of five sets of traffic lights should be removed to reduce travel delays! Follow link below. 

Incidentally today it took me an hour by foot and bus to get from Markhouse Road to Friday Hill and I never left Waltham Forest and there were no major hold ups!!

Institute of Economic Affairs

Lea Bridge Road Consultation Results

Leyton Town Centre

Leytonstone Town Centre

How Enfield does Mini Holland

Kingston's Go Cycle plans

Kingston Overhauls Mini Holland


Queens Road

Orford Road

Warner Estate

Artists Lucy Harrison and Katherine Green are starting the next stage of their project exploring the history of the Warner Estate in Waltham Forest and are looking for people to share their experiences of living in these unique properties.
Lucy and Katherine are interested in hearing from:
  • long term Warner residents (20 years plus) including people who have now moved
  • people who have found interesting features in their homes, for instance old wallpaper, photographs, rent books or other objects
  • people who have photographs of Warner properties, perhaps in family snapshots
Lucy and Katherine worked on the first part of the project in 2014 and are now working towards an exhibition at Vestry House Museum in October 2016.
To register your interest please get in touch:
07964 878315

Options's for London's Growth

Option's for London's Growth

1 Hoe Street

Dear All,

Just a quick email to let you know that we’ve received notification (attached & below) of a public consultation event, from the developer of the 1 Hoe Street/Riley’s/Hurricane Rooms site.

It looks like it will be a drop-in session rather than a sit-down meeting. It’s on Tuesday 9thFebruary from 4pm until 8pm at the Hurricane Rooms/1 Hoe Street site itself.

Best regards,

Lee Valley Ice Rink - future

Copied from Stella Creasy MP's Newsletter

The Future of Lea Valley Ice Centre: Have Your Say 
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority – the body which owns Lee Valley Ice Centre– is carrying out a feasibility study on the Centre. 
The hugely popular rink on Lea Bridge Road in Leyton, is more than 30 years old and the Authority now needs to look at the future. The feasibility study is looking at three main options:
  •  refurbishing the current venue
  •  building a new centre at the site of the current venue on Lea Bridge Road
  •  building a new centre somewhere else in Lee Valley Regional Park.
​If you have views on the existing offer at Lee Valley Ice Centre and how this can be improved, please contact Alan Seabrook who has managed the venue for many years and would be delighted to hear from you on:
020 8533 3156 or write to him at Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, London E10 7QL or via email.

Lea Bridge Ward Forum

Lea Bridge Community Ward Forum- Wednesday 10th February
Lea Bridge Community Ward Forum which is where local residents can discuss issues about the area as well as how to allocate funding for this ward will be meeting on Wednesday 10th February, 6.30-8.30pm at Lea Bridge Library.