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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Walthamstow Village and the Borough of Culture

Ariane Oiticica

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The Agency invites the community to a public presentation of their ideas for this year’s programme in the Mayor Of London’s Waltham Forest Borough of Culture, Sat 6 July, 2-5pm

Hello there,

I hope you are very well. 

Please see invitation below for Battersea Arts Centre's The Agency event taking place in a couple of weeks as part fo the Walthamstow Village Festival. 

BAC's The Agency is taking place in Waltham Forest this year as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture. The project supports young budding entrepreneurs to explore and develop social change projects to benefit their local community through a 12-week intense programme of creative workshops, led by Blackhorse Workshop who are based in the area. 

On their 10th week of workshops, the agents, who are all aged between 15-25 years, will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ideas with the local community looking to receive feedback to develop their projects further. The event will take place on Sat 6 July, 2-5pm.  

I would love to propose a news piece on your blog in advance of the festival, to introduce residents to the project and encourage them to come down on the day to listen to their ideas and give their feedback. I can quotes from Liz Moreton from Battersea Arts Centre or indeed from Blackhorse Workshop. 

Full press release attached for further information about the project. 

Let me know if it's of interest and if you'd like to discuss the details of the project or the event further. 

Ariane x

Ariane Oiticica
Unavoidable PR
Arts & Theatre PR & Production
0791 719 0584
@aoiticica @soundtracksclub

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Forest Philharmonic Concert 30th June

Forest Philharmonic Concert

Pocket Park in Lea Bridge Road

Every Sunday, Play Rounders and Games on Our Pocket Park

Dear neighbours and friends

What better way to while away Sunday afternoon, have fun and meet with neighbours and campaigners, than to join in games at the Pocket Park!

Last Sunday ten people came along and enjoyed a spirited attempt at a game of rounders, a little refreshment and the green open space, which is under threat from development.

This Sunday we'll be meeting up again at 3pm with bats and balls, and the new addition of Boule!

Let's use our park, make plans and friends!  Bring any games you like to play, and any other Sunday afternoon things!


After much speculation during the week and one false start, yesterday afternoon (22/05/2019) TfL confirmed (attached) that the first two Class 710 EMUs would enter passenger service today on the Barking - Gospel Oak route.

This follows a successful test of a software drop (No. 33) at Network Rail's Asfordby test centre two weeks ago and further sucessful testing of a tweaked version (33.1?) on units at Bombardier's Willesden depot last week. It is understood that a further authorisation has been received from the ORR but details are not known.

It is planned that the first two units will start from Gospel Oak station at 11:36 and 12:05 and continue in service until the 21:20 and 21:48 from Barking.

The three 'borrowed' 4-car Class 378 EMUs will continue to operate the temporary half hourly timetable with the Class 710s operating in some of the paths cancelled in mid March when the last Class 172 DMUs transferred to West Midlands Trains.

From Friday 24 May the two Class 710s will enter service from Upper Holloway working the 07:09 and 07:39 departures from there to Barking and finishing at the same times as today.

Once the Class 710s at Willesden have all received the updated software and demonstrated sufficient reliability additional units will be put into public service, restoring the 15-minute interval service and then allowing the three 'borrowed' Class 378s to be restored to 5-car formation and allowing the Euston - Watford Junction service to move to a 15-minute service from its current irregular three trains per hour 'Interim timetable'.

So far around a third of the drivers have been trained on the Class 710, those trained before the latest software drop will have to have a further day training before being 'passed out' to drive the units.

Secretary of the Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group, Glenn Wallis, said, "Passengers have waited 14 months for this belated entry into public service of the Class 710 and endured a deteriorating service in the meantime. It is to be hoped that all the software issues have been finally resolved and that the units prove reliable in service so that the full 15-minute interval timetable can be restored as soon as possible."

"BGORUG looks forward to an early meeting with TfL to discuss the month's free travel to be provided by Bombardier as compensation to regular travellers for the inconvenience they have suffered."

Glenn Wallis
Barking - Gospel Oak Rail User Group

Comment on the Council's Open Space Strategy

Comment on LBWF's Open Spaces Strategy

Parks and People Survey

New blocks in Forest Road

South Grove

View of Hackney from St Augustine's Tower 

National Park City Events

Events in June and July

Dear Friends!

Please help make the London National Park City Festival a success! Here are two simple things you can do...
  1. Are you organising an event during the week of the festival (20 to 28 July)? If so, please submit details to the Festival Website here. Your event will be listed here
  2. PLEASE SEND LOVELY PHOTOS OF YOUR PARK to me ( this week or next if possible (or otherwise as soon as you're able) so I can use them in our #GoParksLondon 2019 social media campaign to run during Love Parks Week (12-21 July) and the National Park City Festival. Pictures when the sun it shining and/or with people enjoying themselves are always good! (Large files can be sent via - it's free.) 
Many thanks!
Alice Roberts
Head of Green Space Campaigns
CPRE London
CPRE London and the London Friends of Green Spaces Network are working together to bring more support and exposure to London's park friends groups.