Archive for Category: "Council & Politics"

4Nov
2012

Do the Boundary Commission changes to Walthamstow matter?

The Boundary Commission for England have proposed breaking up the current Walthamstow parliamentary constituency, to merge the north of the area with Chingford and the south with Leyton. So what?

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9Mar
2011

Consultation on regenerating Walthamstow

Waltham Forest Council are currently consulting residents on ideas for how to improve three areas: Walthamstow Town Centre, Wood Street and Blackhorse Lane. The council has something called a Local Development Framework (LDF) and consulted on this in February. An LDF is basically a plan which is supposed to set out the regeneration and planning strategy for an area over the next 20 years. So, quite important. Within an LDF, areas which are likely to experience major changes also need […]

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26Feb
2011

The census in Waltham Forest

The 2011 Census is happening in March and the awareness campaign has been launched in Waltham Forest. The census is a survey of everyone in the UK, and it happens every ten years. The information used not only builds up a picture of social change, but it helps inform government policy. The census will be happening around the 27 March 2011. Every household will receive a form which you’re required by law to fill in. In 2001 around 86% of […]

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15Feb
2011

Protest march being held this Saturday

The Waltham Forest Anti-Cuts Union are holding a protest march and demonstration in Walthamstow this Saturday, 19 February. The demonstration is to protest against cuts to jobs and services in Waltham Forest, and is supported by local Trade Unions. The march begins in Abbots Park, Leyton at 12pm and marches to Walthamstow Town Centre, ending at around 3pm. Full details can be found on the Facebook page here.

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1Feb
2011

Council petition on future of EMD cinema

Waltham Forest council have an electronic petition on their website on the future of the EMD cinema on Hoe Street. It is the first electronic petition run by Waltham Forest council, and has been added by Save Walthamstow Cinema. The petition refers to a planning application on the site. It puts the following statement: We the undersigned petition the council to reject the pending planning application to turn the EMD/Granada cinema into a church. We want the building to remain […]

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30Jan
2011

Have your say on Walthamstow Town Centre

A consultation on ideas about developing Walthamstow Town Centre and the Arcade site is currently running. This follows an exhibition of the designs in the library and around the market area last weekend. There are a range of ideas which cover not only the Arcade site but the market square (where the big telly is), the greenery around Selborne Walk, the bus station and the link to Walthamstow Central station. Ideas about the development of the Arcade site have, of […]

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7Jan
2011

Walthamstow station decision due

A date for a decision about the redevelopment of Walthamstow Central station and the surrounding area has been set. The council’s Planning Committee will meet on 20 January to discuss the planning application. Details of the redevelopment are available here. The Waltham Forest Guardian have also covered the story. If you’ve got strong opinions about the plans, you can contact your local councillors to tell them your views. Details are available here. More details on the council’s Planning Committee, including […]

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3Jan
2011

Waltham Forest council spending data published

Waltham Forest council is one of eighteen London councils to have published information on council spending on items costing over £500. In August 2010, councils were told to publish this information by the end of January 2011, yet the BBC reports that some have yet to do so. The information available from Waltham Forest council dates back to April 2010 and is published on a monthly basis here. There is a lot of information – Waltham Forest spending in November […]

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18Dec
2010

Love the ‘Stow?

We know there’s a lot of you out there who figuratively (or literally) kiss the badge when it comes to Walthamstow. It’s awesome, right? So, Waltham Forest council are running the “Love Your Borough 2011″ Awards. There are a range of categories, including an Arts Award. There’s even a Best Kept Front Garden award for all you gnome-totin’ guys and gals out there. We’ve seen our share of dodgy front gardens but there’s some beauties too (all you Village kids, […]

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13Dec
2010

Waltham Forest council funding cut by 5.22%

Today Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced this year’s local government finance settlement. This sets out the budget that local councils have to spend. According to the Local Government Information Unit blog, the Waltham Forest council budget has been cut by 5.22%. This equates to a cut of £13.4 million. Waltham Forest council recently consulted people in the borough about what services could be cut. No details are available about where the 5.22% savings will […]

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