Gentrification Governance in Waltham Forest, 2001 to 2012

Gentrification, Housing and Mini Holland


If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. - Lewis Carroll 

TopMini Holland
wfcwDrivers call for reversal of mini-Holland scheme run by 'cycling Caliban's
11 June 2016
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Furious drivers have launched a fresh wave of opposition to a £30million mini-Holland scheme backed by campaigners they branded the "cycling Taliban".
But protesters, who held a huge demonstration against the project last October, have launched a petition calling for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to reopen roads to drivers in the area.
Signed by more than 3,000 people in just one week, the petition claims the scheme has increased congestion, pollution and journey times for drivers.
Local cycling campaigners have dismissed many of the drivers’ claims over Waltham Forest’s radical project, which has seen a number of streets shut to traffic in its initial phases.
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wfcwGreen gong for Mini-Holland
8 March 2016
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The Waltham Forest initiative took home the travel and transport prize at the Sustainable City Awards, dubbed the “Green Oscars”.
The council was praised for encouraging forms of travel that reduce transport’s environmental impact.
By redesigning road space to prioritise cycling and walking the scheme is intended to shift away from private car use and create new public spaces.
At the scheme's opening in Walthamstow Village on September 15 last year protesters carried a coffin marked ‘RIP Walthamstow Village’. The angry confrontations between supporters and opponents also featured on last week on ITV’s documentary, Frustrated Britain: Caught on Camera.
wfcw Boris Johnson praises 'up and coming' borough as he visits 'share-to-buy' flats
9 October 2015
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GAZING out over the top of Waltham Forest the Mayor of London predicted a bright future for the borough with the fastest rising property prices in the capital.
London’s Mayor was optimistic, saying:  “This area is the fastest growing, fastest changing area in London and house prices are going up. It is important to be able to provide affordable housing in the area. “It is a great location, walking down Wood Street I can see a lot of money has gone into the area.”
Mr Johnson added: “I keep telling everyone who is objecting – you’re going to love mini Holland."

wfcw Two-thirds of homeless placed outside borough

8 September 2015
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Waltham Forest council among the worst for moving families out of area
More than two-thirds of homeless families are being housed outside of Waltham Forest, making the Labour-run council and Westminster, the worst in London.
Due to a "chronic" shortage of housing, Waltham Forest council started moving tenants to Luton around five years ago, and was done in preparation ahead of a housing benefit cap that was expected to exasperate (sic) the crisis further, former cabinet member for housing councillor Marie Pye said.

wfcw Labour's Sadiq Khan on gentrification, London's housing crisis and being the Mayor
16 October 2015
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 Sadiq Khan is promising to be the Mayor to fix London’s housing crisis as he hits the campaign trail ahead of the May 5 election.

wfcwMini Holland protesters 'denied access to council chambers'
27 October 2015
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Hundreds of people turned out to show their opposition to road closures across the borough at a full council meeting at the Town Hall in Walthamstow on Thursday, November 22.
Anti-mini Holland protesters expressed their disgust at not being let into the public gallery whilst a crucial council vote on the cycle scheme was passed
Aarif Gearay, of E17 Streets For All, told the council that road closures were 'tearing the community' apart. “It is very sad but with such a strong majority Labour they think they can do whatever they want. “I have spoken to councillors who are personally against the plans but fear of being suspended if they vote against them.
“We are just asking for a more equal scheme that takes into account the rich and the poor, the cyclists, the disabled and elderly, who were not consulted fairly.
In the meeting the council committed to rolling the scheme out throughout Waltham Forest.
Cllr Matt Davis, leader of Waltham Forest Conservatives, said he was deeply disappointed with the “cack handed and arrogant way” that the council had chosen to implement the scheme.
wfcwScores of homeless youngsters sleeping rough on London's night bus network, charity reveals
24 September 2015
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Scores of homeless young people are being given tickets on London night buses because hostels are no longer able to take all of them in..
Shelagh O’Connor, New Horizon’s director, said the King’s Cross charity only dished out bus tickets when all other options had been exhausted.  “They generally would take night buses and go back and forward on selected routes. We would encourage them to take longer routes.” 
wfcwWaltham Forest homeless people face barriers in accessing health care
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10 August 2015
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The homeless population in Waltham Forest face several barriers when accessing health care, according to a recent report published by Healthwatch Waltham Forest in July 2015.
The report, ‘Talking with the homeless community in Waltham Forest’, raises awareness about the inequalities homeless people encounter when accessing GP, A&E and other healthcare services.
Focus group studies, carried out in partnership with Turning Point and PL84U-Al Suffa, and taking place in April 2015 with local homeless people found barriers exist around identification or proof of address requested by practices when registering new patients.
wfcwCouncil leader warns there will be further cuts coming to Waltham Forest.
23 July 2015
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£13.76m cuts for 2016 agreed by the council's Labour party at a Town Hall meeting on 22 July 2015.  
The council leader has promised to tackle "head on" and has warned there will be further cutbacks to come in Waltham Forest. Conservative councillors abstained.
Services for children, the elderly and disabled are among the worst affected and are to be cut by millions as part of the savings outlined for next year.
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Social care in Waltham Forest
wfcwScores of homeless youngsters sleeping rough on London's night bus network, charity reveals
24 September 2015
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Scores of homeless young people are being given tickets on London night buses because hostels are no longer able to take all of them in..
Shelagh O’Connor, New Horizon’s director, said the King’s Cross charity only dished out bus tickets when all other options had been exhausted.  “They generally would take night buses and go back and forward on selected routes. We would encourage them to take longer routes.”  
wfcwRooney's new £300,000-a-week deal is NOT a national disgrace
22 February 2014
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Wayne Rooney is set to seal new contract worth £300k per week
 Public outrage at Rooney's colossal wage is misguided
The late Sir Tom Finney, who never earned more than £12-a-week, was grossly underpaid during his career
 Manchester United must pay Rooney generously due to current struggles
Footballers are entertainers and deserve wages akin to pop and film stars
wfcwTwo-thirds of homeless placed outside borough
8 September 2015
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Waltham Forest council among the worst for moving families out of area
More than two-thirds of homeless families are being housed outside of Waltham Forest, making the Labour-run council and Westminster, the worst in London.
Due to a "chronic" shortage of housing, Waltham Forest council started moving tenants to Luton around five years ago, and was done in preparation ahead of a housing benefit cap that was expected to exasperate (sic) the crisis further, former cabinet member for housing councillor Marie Pye said.
wfcwWaltham Forest homeless people face barriers in accessing health care
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10 August 2015
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The homeless population in Waltham Forest face several barriers when accessing health care, according to a recent report published by Healthwatch Waltham Forest in July 2015.
The report, ‘Talking with the homeless community in Waltham Forest’, raises awareness about the inequalities homeless people encounter when accessing GP, A&E and other healthcare services.
Focus group studies, carried out in partnership with Turning Point and PL84U-Al Suffa, and taking place in April 2015 with local homeless people found barriers exist around identification or proof of address requested by practices when registering new patients.
wfcwTurning Point
www.turning-point.co.uk
Turning  Point  is  a  national  social  enterprise,  focused  on  improving  lives  and communities. In  Waltham  Forest  they  offer information,  advice  and  support  for anyone over 18 concerned with their own or somebody else’s drug or alcohol use.
The service provides open access drop in, structured care plan key working, group sessions,  complementary  therapies  and  a  structures  day  programme.
More  details can be found on their website here
wfcwPL84U-Al Suffa
(Plate for you)

PL84U-Al Suffa provides  a  hot  meal  and  befriending  services  to  a  community  of elderly, homeless and people in need people who are living in conditions of social economic,   cultural   deprivation   and   isolation.  
They   can   be   contacted   via: saira@pl84ualsuff.co.uk
wfcwHomelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England 'homeless'
24 September 2015
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Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new figures show. At the end of June, 66,980 individuals or families were registered as having no home of their own - an increase of 12% from the same date last year. Almost a third of them had lost a home in the private rented sector.
Homelessness charities blamed housing benefit failing to keep pace with rent rises - but the government said there was a "strong welfare safety net".
wfcwScores of homeless youngsters sleeping rough on London's night bus network, charity reveals
24 September 2015
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Scores of homeless young people are being given tickets on London night buses because hostels are no longer able to take all of them in..
Shelagh O’Connor, New Horizon’s director, said night bus tickets cost the charity £300 a month – the equivalent of more than 200 journeys.
Ms O’Connor said the King’s Cross charity only dished out bus tickets when all other options had been exhausted.  “They generally would take night buses and go back and forward on selected routes. We would encourage them to take longer routes.”  
wfcwTwo-thirds of homeless placed outside borough
8 September 2015
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Waltham Forest council among the worst for moving families out of area
More than two-thirds of homeless families are being housed outside of Waltham Forest, making the Labour-run council and Westminster, the worst in London.
Due to a "chronic" shortage of housing, Waltham Forest council started moving tenants to Luton around five years ago, and was done in preparation ahead of a housing benefit cap that was expected to exasperate (sic) the crisis further, former cabinet member for housing councillor Marie Pye said.
wfcwOld people auctioned off to care homes on the internet: Anger over 'cattle markets for grannies' as councils accept lowest bids to save cash
8 February 2015
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The elderly and disabled are being ‘put up for auction’ by local councils on ‘eBay-style’ websites, with care firms then bidding to offer them a bed.  
At least a dozen local authorities are listing vulnerable people’s details – including their age and what care and medication they need – before inviting bids from care homes in the area.
Critics last night said the system was akin to ‘auctioning your granny’ and a ‘cattle market’, saying sensitive decisions about an elderly resident’s final years are being made by a computer programme that is only interested in costs.
One council has boasted of reducing care costs by almost a fifth using the system.
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wfcwDisabled protest outside town hall after cuts to care
2 September 2015
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Disability campaigners held a demonstration against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) outside Waltham Forest town hall yesterday.
Gabriel Pepper, 44, a Walthamstow resident and a member of the Disabled People Against Cuts group, had been a recipient of the fund for 16 years before it closed on June 30.  He expects to have his care hours cut by 48 per cent.
Before the closure of the ILF Cabinet member for adult services, councillor Angie Bean said the council was "committed" to ensuring vulnerable residents live independent lives.
She said: "While no local authority has been directed by government to ring-fence ILF funding, everyone who received the ILF in Waltham Forest is being assessed to make sure they have an appropriate, council-funded care plan to meet their assessed needs in place when the scheme stops.”
wfcw Relatives raised serious concerns and staff were not properly trained at home where manager was absent for 10 months in one year.
16 April 2015
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Church Lane in Walthamstow is one of Outward's four registered care homes in the borough and looks after people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex needs.
Vulnerable disabled residents suffered injuries at a care home where people walked around naked due to poor care and basic safety standards were not met, a report has foound.
The home has been rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by failing to meet standards in three of five categories: safety, effectiveness and management of services. Inspectors discovered the manager Michael Heinrich Dieter Vandrey had not been at the home in 10 months as he was on secondment, but the CQC were only informed about a three-month absence.

wfcwCare worker who raised concerns over the treatment of an elderly woman is banned from working in Waltham Forest
3 June 2015
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Carer Donna Archer barred from working in Waltham Forest after raising concerns over elderly woman 'living like a dog,' says: “I believe Waltham Forest council have lost their concept of humanity.”
Ms Archer added: “I want to start a campaign where carers are recognised for the good work they do.  "I am worried there are other carers out there afraid to speak the truth of their conditions.  “There needs to be better training, like they have for nurses so carers can move upwards and become fully qualified."
wfcwPatients 'at risk' in Whipps Cross end-of-life care unit
28 May 2015
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Patients receiving end-of-life care at Whipps Cross University Hospital are being put at serious risk, a report by the health watchdog has said. 
A team of six inspectors from the Care Quality Commission carried out an unannounced inspection at the Margaret Centre on February 12. They found that the building was in such a bad state of repair that patients were put at risk of "serious harm".  
Barts Health Trust, which runs the Leytonstone hospital was placed in special measures earlier this year after serious failings in care at the hospital were identified. 
The latest report said: “The Margaret Centre was in need of refurbishment There were no suitable washing facilities for patients. “All patients used commodes due to the lack of toilet facilities rather than because of levels of independence or support needs.
“Record keeping and storage was not always safe. Clinical note files had a considerable volume of loose and ad hoc documents.”
Inspectors also found staff morale was low. The report added: “Staff told us they had no clear leadership for the service, high sickness levels, inappropriate acute admissions, and not enough investment in training needs for staff.
Adult Social Care Under Strain
wfcwAdult social care 'under stress and strain', chief inspector warns
9 August 2015
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Cuts are putting care under "stress and strain" and carers' efforts are being undermined, the chief inspector of adult social care in England has said.
Andrea Sutcliffe told the Observer many carers ended up being "the sort of care worker you wouldn't want them to be".
There were 30,000 allegations of abuse of people using social care services in the first six months of this year, according to the newspaper.
The Department of Health said it was determined to "stamp out" abuse.
wfcwWhy it's your duty to spy on your parents' carers
9 July 2015
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Adult social care budgets facing a £1.1bn shortfall this year. Ms Sutcliffe, a chief inspector at health and social care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said funding cuts had led to carers feeling overworked and under-valued, undermining the work they do.
She told The Observer: "That potentially means that they may leave, and we do see turnover, but it also may mean that they end up being the sort of care worker that you wouldn't want them to be because the system around them isn't supportive.  "The social care sector is certainly under stress and strain. And that is a combination of all sorts of factors - the increased numbers of people who need care and support, the increased complexity of their needs."
wfcwIt seems a lot easier to reward poor performance than to face the awkwardness of having difficult conversations
3 June 2015
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Too many managers are flouting the principles of good performance management, as despite being rated as poor performers, they are still being rewarded by their employers
Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR
wfcwCouncil’s 'Old people's charter' introduced for borough's elderly
8 December 2014
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Cllr Angie Bean launched the Council’s Older People’s Charter – a series of pledges outlining what older residents can expect from the local authority and its services.
The charter has been developed in conjunction with local older people, carers and service providers, to ensure it reflects the diverse needs of Waltham Forest’s older population.
Abuse and Adult exploitation
wfcw Relatives raised serious concerns and staff were not properly trained at home where manager was absent for 10 months in one year.
16 April 2015
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Church Lane in Walthamstow is one of Outward's four registered care homes in the borough and looks after people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and complex needs.
Vulnerable disabled residents suffered injuries at a care home where people walked around naked due to poor care and basic safety standards were not met, a report has foound.
The home has been rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) by failing to meet standards in three of five categories: safety, effectiveness and management of services.
wfcw Services for the elderly put frail residents at risk because their staff were not up to the job.
13 Dec 2014
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The revelations follow a succession of damning reports exposing failures in the social care system, including extreme cases of physical abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in residential homes.
Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, all care homes and nursing agencies providing home help must ensure their workers are of good character, have the skills, experience and qualifications necessary to do their jobs, and are physically and mentally fit for work.
Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, said: “It is the responsibility of providers to ensure at all times that there are sufficient numbers of suitably qualified, skilled and experienced staff.
Care in the community
wfcwCouncil’s 'Old people's charter' introduced for borough's elderly
8 December 2014
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Cllr Angie Bean launched the Council’s Older People’s Charter – a series of pledges outlining what older residents can expect from the local authority and its services.
The charter has been developed in conjunction with local older people, carers and service providers, to ensure it reflects the diverse needs of Waltham Forest’s older population.
Cllr Angie Bean, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “We want to do as much as possible to help our older residents live happy and healthy lives and this charter clearly outlines the Council’s commitment to work with them to ensure they are supported in all aspects of their lives.”
wfcwWave of home closures leaves elderly stuck in 'care warehouses'
26 May 2015
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 Rising numbers of elderly people are being forced to live in large “factory-style” care homes amid a wave of closures of smaller institutions, a damning report reveals.
Major research finds two care homes are being closed for every one that opens, as 'factory-style' institutions replace smaller residential settings New figures show that in the last three years, two care homes have closed for each one that opened in England.
Charities raised concerns that vulnerable residents are being left live in increasingly impersonal surroundings, with a growth in “care warehouses” twice the size of the institutions they have replaced.
wfcwOld people auctioned off to care homes on the internet
8 February 2015
The elderly and disabled are being ‘put up for auction’ by local councils on ‘eBay-style’ websites, with care firms then bidding to offer them a bed
wfcwThe indignity and terrible suffering inside Britain's home care system
31 January 2015
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To them you're just a commodity, not a human being. Paul Burstow, former Care Minister, Indignity, a dearth of compassion, terrible suffering and utter chaos:
In an investigation that'll terrify every family, we lay bare the agonising death of Britain's home care system
Life expectancy
wfcw Male suicide rate in UK discovered to be 3½ times that of women
18 February 2014
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Samaritans says men at greatest risk in 40-44 age bracket as Office for National Statistics reports 4,590 male suicides in 2012Clare Wyllie, head of policy and research at Samaritans, said the figures showed that the highest suicide rate was among men aged 40 to 44, at 25.9 deaths per 100,000. This bore out the charity's own studies, which have found middle-aged men of low socioeconomic status to be most at risk. "They will grow up expecting by the time they reach mid-life they'll have a wife who will look after them and a job for life in a male industry," she said. "In reality they may find that they reach middle age in a very different position. Society has this masculine ideal that people are expecting to live up to. Lots of that has to do with being a breadwinner. When men don't live up to that it can be quite devastating for them."
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wfcwLife expectancy falls for older UK women
 7 April 2015
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Campaigners point finger at austerity as Public Health England report shows first decline across all age groups in nearly two decades
Caroline Abrahams of Age UK said the decline of state-funded social care was a possible cause of the fall in life expectancy.
Age campaigners warned the unexpected decrease in life expectancies was a “canary in the coal mine”, showing how five years of austerity was beginning to take its toll on elderly people.
Poor being cast aside - consequences for society
wfcwThere is a lack of political leadership in relation to maltreated children and vulnerable children in this country
3 July 2015
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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company said: ‘Our political leaders can’t bear to face the truth’
One of Britain’s most high-profile children’s campaigners, Camila Batmanghelidjh, has launched a blistering attack on politicians and austerity, as she announced she is to step down after nearly 20 years at the head of the Kids Company charity.She says: ‘I am being silenced’ over cuts in government funding for her charity that would leave traumatised children ‘largely unprotected’
wfcwKids Company: Camila Batmanghelidjh's charity to close amid financial concerns
5 August 2015
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Kids Company, the London youth work charity, is said to have told ministers it will be shutting its services on Wednesday evening in the light of new concerns about its financial management.
The charity, set up in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh, recently received a £3m rescue package from the government.


wfcwFury as bishops say cuts mean poor are cast aside
16 January 2015
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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York said Britain is caught in a 'cycle of decline'
Archbishops of Canterbury and York said that the Government was 'casting aside' the poor.  As a result, they said, Britain had become dominated by 'rampant' individualism, is 'ill at ease with itself' and was in many places 'trapped in apparently inevitable decline'.

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Apartheid, by any other name  
wfcwParents accuse business group of "scaremongering" with poster tactics
29 September 2015
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Proposals to improve road safety by lowering the speed limit has divided a community.
Waltham Forest council is consulting residents on the introduction of a 20mph zone in the Highams Park, Larkswood and north of the Valley ward area. The deadline to submit views is October 12.
The plan is part of the council's "ambition" to make all residential streets 20mph and halve the number of people injured in road accidents by 2020.
wfcwLabour's Sadiq Khan on gentrification, London's housing crisis and being the Mayor
16 October 2015
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 Sadiq Khan is promising to be the Mayor to fix London’s housing crisis as he hits the campaign trail ahead of the May 5 election.
wfcwControversial mini Holland scheme wins award for innovation
16 September 2015
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Following the Walthamstow Village launch on Monday (September 14), which was picketed by campaigners upset with road closures in the area, the scheme won big at the inaugural National Cycling Planning Awards. The awards, held at Waltham Forest Town Hall in Forest Road, were to celebrate businesses and government organisations who demonstrated ‘a commitment to improving cycling within the country’.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest council, who also personally won the Cycling Champion of the Year award, said it was an honour for the scheme to be recognised.
wfcwWaltham Forest council that once protected its people now rides roughshod over its own in a bid for gentrification
13 January 2015
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The families cheated out of their homes – for the sin of being poor

wfcwWood Street recognised as much improved area in London Planning Awards
3 November 2014
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A unique area of Walthamstow, where shoppers can pick up anything from a coffee, to vintage records and even a Viking outfit, could be in line for multiple awards in the coming year. Wood Street has been nominated for a London Planning Award
wfcwGrand opening of mini Holland scheme dominated by angry protestors
15 September 2015
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The grand opening of the Waltham Forest's first mini Holland scheme was overshadowed by protesters proclaiming the “death of Walthamstow Village”.
Intermittent scuffles, some involving umbrellas, erupted between protestors and mini Holland supporters yesterday (September 14) serving to highlight the division the controversial programme has created in the Waltham Forest community.
Aarif Gearay, 29, of Queens Road accused Waltham Forest council of “running roughshod” over residents concerns.  “I cycle everywhere but you can’t just say forget motorists”, he said.
“There are disabled people, the elderly, and people with health problems, some who are bearing the horrible rain today to get their message across.
“You can’t just say get on a bike, you have to cater for everyone.
“We elected councillors and they betrayed our trust.
“They don’t represent our views just their own interests, this scheme is a vanity project and it is obvious that it is not working.”
The deputy leader of the council Clyde Loakes said: “There are clearly people who don’t like the scheme. But we spent six months on consultation which had a high response rate and addressed a lot of people’s concerns.
“These schemes are happening everywhere across Europe and America and I appreciate it is a big change for everyone.
wfcwComments
Objective_Enquirer

Tue 15 Sep 15
I stood open minded to this whole issue, up until last night when i tried to get home. All the roads in that entire catchment area, have been closed off. When did Livingstone Road and similar roads on the borders of Leyton, become part of the village? Have a look, where have the house prices drastically increased over the last decade? and there lies your answer...
Sorry, but this is not about kids, preventing pollution, nor making school runs easy, or helping obese people lose weight. nor is it a scheme for the elderly nor is it there to make a better society for us to enjoy. Its about pushing out the working class, so the wealthy who are moving in from far and wide, can enjoy a better life for them and there children. Open your eyes and do not be fooled! Do not let Loakes or any protesters influence your mindset. Our society, has become to media influenced, and people really need to step back and just have a look around you. Peace One Love


wfcwWaltham Forest sees UK biggest property price rise
25 June 2015
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The consituencies of Walthamstow, and Leyton and Wanstead, saw the highest jump in house prices in the country last year.
The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics, showed Walthamstow saw the biggest rise in property values, with an increase of 32 per cent between 2013 and 2014
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LycraBikeWarrior Thu 25 Jun 15 says...

Excellent news,I have a house in the village and I am hoping mini Holland increases property value even more once fully in place.Kerching!just need to sort out all the dog poo all over the streets and it might actually be a pleasant place to live.
jonny mash 26 jun 15 says...
I saw an episode of "Location, Location, Location, Location" the other day where the gorgeous Kirsty Alltop and the bald estate agent were showing a couple a house in Montague Road (near Leytonstone village). Apparently it was a nice quiet road where they'd feel safe walking home at night, baldy forgot to mention that they were standing on the exact spot of the recent horrific gangland murder but he was wearing Cranberry tinted spectacles at the time.
wfcwFaith school fears as union says teachers must promote gay lifestyle
6 April 2015
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Schools should be forced to promote gay relationships in sex education lessons, union leaders say.
The National Union of Teachers has called for a ‘positive portrayal of same sex relationships’ in lessons to be made ‘compulsory’ under the next government.
wfcwYoung people face 'housing exile', cabinet minister to warn
2 July 2015
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Many young people are being "exiled" from the neighbourhoods they grew up in because of a lack of affordable housing, a cabinet minister is to warn.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell council leaders it is a "defining test" for any government to provide homes to keep the "chain of community".
wfcwSimon Calvert of the Christian Institute said: ‘This motion is itself an act of intolerance towards mainstream Christians and their beliefs. It would force Christian teachers to have to choose between their faith and their job. ‘I wonder whether Christian members of the NUT who have paid their dues can expect any help from the NUT when their jobs are on the line.’
The Christian Institute of Southern Africa was an ecumenical progressive organisation founded by English and Afrikaans clergy in December 1963 to unite South African Christians against apartheid. The CI became deeply involved with black activists such as Steve Biko, and was banned by the state in 1977.
wfcwLeytonstone Fred Wigg and John Walsh Towers to be part-demolished by March, 2022
2 April 2015
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Anger over the number of social housing units being axed from the re-build.
Ascham Homes has served initial notice on. Fred Wigg and John Walsh, two landmark towers.
wfcwSocial Integration Commission
Diversity Report
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In this report, the Commission explores what can be done to promote social mixing between
people from different ethnic and age groups and income backgrounds and sets out thirteen
principles that we believe should underpin a healthy and well-integrated society.
Should developers of mixed social/private flats be prevented from creating “poor doors” – entrances for social tenants, separate from the “rich gates” used by the owner-occupiers of the more expensive private flats in the same development?
The report identifies areas where government and local authorities can act to improve integration. It suggests the planning system could be used to stop the phenomenon of “poor doors”, where social renters are effectively segregated from their more affluent neighbours.
wfcwwfcwJennette Arnold OBE, Labour London Assembly Member for North East London has become a charity patron for Christian Kitchen in Walthamstow
4 March 2015
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A London Assembly Member, rolled up her sleeves to serve hot meals to the hungry last night as she became a patron for Walthamstow’s Christian Kitchen.
Jennette Arnold OBE, Labour London Assembly Member for North East London has joined the team behind the van which stops people from going hungry in the borough.
Last year, the charity fought off an eviction bid from Waltham Forest Council in the high court.   However, supporters rallied around the charity – before it was victorious in April 2014.
Chairman of Trustees Norman Coe said the charity was delighted with the support from Mrs Arnold OBE.   He said: “When the council wanted to move us she spoke out for us – she supported us and wanted to help us.  “Because of that we decided to write to her and ask if she would like to become a patron.  “She has a high profile and she can help highlight the situation for homeless people.   “We have about 60 people per night coming at the moment and we are open 365 days a year.”
wfcwEarlier article
Earlier this year the council tried to shift a soup kitchen run by a Christian charity out of the town centre, where it had been for 25 years, to an industrial estate in a layby off a dual carriageway. The soup kitchen and the poor people it attracted got in the way of the council’s “growth strategy”. Only the intervention of a judge forced a retreat.
wfcwMultinational pays £25m for Walthamstow housing site
26 Feb 2015
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wfcwPlan to cut council housing at Leytonstone towers 'worst scheme ever seen'
25 February 2015
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The £40million project would see the towers refurbished over at least five years, with a separate building erected between the existing blocks.   Some of these new flats would be sold on the open market to raise £30million towards the project.
The public meeting heard from the former assistant director of housing for Hackney council, Peter O’Kane, who lives in Ferndale Road, Leytonstone.
He said: “This is the worst and most risky improvement scheme I have ever seen and I will be very surprised if the council goes ahead with it.  “It is a massive financial risk for the council.  “If for some reason they can’t then it will leave a huge financial black hole.”
wfcwJordan Ajayi, a 22-year-old student, who lives in Fred Wigg tower said: “I don’t want to leave the place that I live, it is a perfect area overlooking Wanstead Flats and close to the Leytonstone town centre, I worry the council could make a lot of money from it.   “This is a democracy so we can do something about it, I am not prepared to give up my home and I will not be moved, I am planning on fighting this.”
wfcwPoor doors: the segregation of London's inner-city flat dwellers
 25 July 2014
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Poorer residents in capital's developments forced to use different entrances and facilities
Left, the luxury lobby of One Commercial Street, marketed to wealthy City workers.
Right, the side-alley entrance reserved for affordable housing tenants.
Multimillion pound housing developments in London are segregating less well-off tenants from wealthy homebuyers by forcing them to use separate entrances.
A Guardian investigation has discovered a growing trend in the capital's upmarket apartment blocks – which are required to include affordable homes in order to win planning permission – for the poorer residents to be forced to use alternative access, a phenomenon being dubbed "poor doors". Even bicycle storage spaces, rubbish disposal facilities and postal deliveries are being separated.
The Green party accused developers of showing "contempt for ordinary people" by enforcing such two-tier policies.
wfcwWaltham Forest council that once protected its people now rides roughshod over its own in a bid for gentrification
13 January 2015
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The families cheated out of their homes – for the sin of being poor
Local politicians plan to cut the number of council flats on the Fred Wigg and John Walsh towers site from 225 to 160,  the rest will be: luxury flats sold as investments to foreign investors and buy-to-letters for half a million.
This is in a borough where 20,000 households are waiting for a council property. Councillors admit it would be far easier and cheaper to repair and refurbish the blocks. It would also leave the borough with more social housing, When residents finally found out what the council’s proposals would mean for them, they kicked off.
A petition went round the estate, rejecting the grand scheme and calling for cheaper and less intrusive rebuilding: 60% of the residents signed up. Then came a November public meeting attended by more than a hundred angry people, at which council representatives were shouted down, and residents organised an impromptu vote against the council proposals. They begged for assistance from their Labour MP and their Labour councillors. No one helped. Just underneath the municipal formalities runs a thick vein of contempt from the representatives for the people they are meant to represent – and from a Labour party machine to what was once its core vote.
What they want to do with low-income people doesn’t need mission statements.
Earlier this year the council tried to shift a soup kitchen run by a Christian charity out of the town centre, where it had been for 25 years, to an industrial estate in a layby off a dual carriageway. The soup kitchen and the poor people it attracted got in the way of the council’s “growth strategy”. Only the intervention of a judge forced a retreat.
wfcwCity Blinds building in Leytonstone to become gated flats 'for professionals'
20 January 2015
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A landmark building will be turned into a gated block of flats for “young professionals”, the architect behind the project has said.
Waltham Forest council approved the plan for the former City Blinds building near the Tesco superstore in Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone, this month. 
Melanie Clear of Clear Architects, said: “The flats have been designed with young professionals in mind.”
wfcwFriday Hill House could be converted into 12 flats with six semi-detached homes built in the grounds
11 November 2014
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The freehold was bought in January 2013 by company Fortiore, with the financial backing of developers Atlantic Property Management, under the name Friday Hill House Ltd (FHH). 
But the arrangement broke down when Fortiore’s Mark Wellings resigned as director of FHH in July 2013 due to what was described at the time as a "breakdown of communication" over the future of the site. 
The site currently includes the manor house, a stable block and brew house, and approximately two acres of land.
FHH, now led by Atlantic and architects See-Saw Studios, have submitted plans to convert the manor house into ten flats, create a two–bedroom flat in the stable block and turn the brew house into a one-bedroom flat. 

Outrage at plan to build road through green for luxury homes in Chingford

12 November 2014
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Plans have now been submitted by Atlantic Property Management and architects See Saw Studios to convert grade II-listed Friday Hill House, in Simmons Lane, Chingford, into ten flats.
Outrage at plan to build road through green for luxury homes in Chingford.
cllr loakesClyde Loakes approves new salary of £195,000, a 15k pay rise for Martin Esom for overseeing cuts
11 September 2014
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The chief executive of Waltham Forest council has received an inflation-busting pay rise, as many low paid public sector workers deal with poverty and a one per cent pay increase.

11 September 2014 - Council leader Chris Robbins insists Martin Esom has earned a pay-rise for overseeing cuts. read...
wfcwWaltham Forest carers, social workers, refuse collectors, street cleaners and teaching assistants anger that many are ‘struggling to make ends meet.
4th July 2014
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A strike organised by UNISON will see a picket line formed at the Town Hall in Forest Road on July 10.
According to UNISON, council workers in Waltham Forest have been left struggling to get by, with some relying on food banks, second jobs and in-work benefits to make ends meet.
11 Sep 14, hammidge says...
So your reward for skimping on the taxpayer/nurses/doctors, services etc Mr Esom, is to pay yourself what you have saved on those that work hardest on the frontline, not to mention the public have services cut when they need them the most. Surely without the hard graft given by the conscientious would the selfish be able to pay themself so grandly.