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the rocks, people having less spending power, the environment rushing up the agenda and Brexit, this scheme looks more out of date by the day!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.

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