Clyde Kitson

Clyde’s funeral has been arranged for Monday the 16th July at 2pm at the South Chapel at the City of London crematorium.

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It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Clyde Kitson, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday morning.

Clyde was a Yorkshire man who moved to Waltham Forest over 40 years ago to pursue his career as a geography teacher. He never strayed far from education, serving as a governor of Buxton School for more than two decades.

Clyde was first elected as a Councillor for Cann Hall in 1982 and is credited with laying the foundations for the party’s future successes. He topped the polls on his first try and elected two other Liberal Councillors alongside him, turning a ward with a Labour majority of 712 into a ward with a Liberal majority of 213. An unprecedented turnaround and one which saw Cann Hall stay yellow for the next 36 years.

After serving as a Councillor for 20 years, sitting on a vast array of committees, Clyde retired from the Council in 2002. He never disengaged from local politics, serving as a governor of Buxton School and Chair of Governors for many years, he also served as Chair and Membership Officer of the local Liberal Democrats alongside a variety of other party roles. His most recent effort was to stand as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the local elections just a month ago.

Clyde’s rough northern charm and booming voice made him an instantly recognisable character at meetings, and although people might have found themselves locking horns with him on occasion he was universally respected. He was a man of great detail, often taking on tasks so monotonous they would drive anyone else to despair, and a great believer in knuckling down and getting on with the job. Because of this, he was often a driving force within the party; spurring us on to go the extra mile.

Clyde had Cann Hall in his blood and dedicated most of his time to trying to make Cann Hall a better place for the people who live there. Many residents know Clyde for his unrelenting work, and his stubbornness in not resting until a problem was solved. In ways big and small Clyde left Cann Hall a better place than he found it, and for that reason is an inspiration to all of us who want to see our communities flourish.

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Farooq Qureshi

We are utterly devastated at the passing of former Waltham Forest Councillor Farooq Qureshi.

Farooq served as a Councillor for Forest ward from 2004 to 2014. Many will remember him as their friendly and approachable local Councillor who was always happy to stop and chat, and to whom no problem was ever too small. Farooq also served as Mayor of Waltham Forest from 2006 to 2007 and used the opportunity to raise funds to support the cardiology unit at Whipps Cross Hospital amongst many other worthy causes.

To Farooq, being a Councillor was not a title. It was a commitment and one which he took very seriously, and with a genuine compassion for the people he represented. He carried out his role with humility and truly invested himself in those who had trusted him to be their Councillor.

Farooq's achievements as a Councillor are far too numerous to list and many of them are small and personal because to Farooq being a Councillor was not about grand investments, or bids and schemes, it was about people and the little things we can all do every day to improve the lives of the people we share our community with.

Farooq has been a calming presence and a role model to many within the Liberal Democrats, and his absence will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to experience his wisdom and good humour, and by those with problems big or small who found in Farooq a sympathetic ear and a man who would not stop until every avenue to solve their problem had been exhausted.

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Our 'Six to Fix' for Waltham Forest

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The Labour party has been in control in Waltham Forest in one form or another for the past 47 years. They have become stale, out of touch, and arrogant. Change is needed.

The Liberal Democrats have a plan for Waltham Forest. We have identified six key areas where a Liberal Democrat-run Waltham Forest could make a strong positive difference to the lives of the people who live here.

This is not just a list of pledges, but a statement of our values as a party who wants to see Waltham Forest Council be more innovative, forward-thinking, transparent, and above all a Council that actually listens to residents.

We hope you share those values, and that you will lend us your vote on 3rd May to help build a better borough.

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Forest Focus Team Action

On the Forest Focus Team’s regular walkabouts they have taken up many issues.

Among them are tree roots in Matlock Road. Lack of street cleaning in Forest Drive West. Youths hanging out in Nursery Terrace at the back of Epsom Road. Fly-tipping in Liverpool Road and Atkins Road.


Leyton Green Road: faulty lights

Residents of Leyton Green Road have brought to the attention of the Lib Dems that the lights surrounding Knotts Green and Greg Close are faulty.

Forest ward Liberal Democrat Jordan Sullivan, who reported this to the Council said, “Residents have said it is too dark and unsafe to walk down the path and are forced to cross the road.”


Station Parade – Coopers Lane

The owners of Station Parade, a block of flats on the corner of Coopers Lane and the High Road, recently built an extra storey on top of the flats. Unfortunately for residents on the top floor the new balconies have not been built properly so when it rains the balconies turn into lakes.

The Forest Liberal Democrat Team has reported the problem to the building’s manager and added that residents have also been commenting on the many leaking pipes in their flats. The Team has asked for some action on these problems.


Street sleepers

There is a new local initiative to provide help to street sleepers in Waltham Forest.

A group of residents have got together to provide warm clothing and essentials to street sleepers in the local area.

If you have any spare, clean, warm clothes like gloves, hats or socks or you would like to donate toiletries then please drop them off in either the Northcote Arms or the Star of India.

If you are interested in helping out on Tuesday or Thursday evenings then please e-mail aangus.libdem@outlook.com


Colworth Road – extra street cleaning needed

Residents of Colworth Road have contacted the local Lib Dem team about the amount of litter in their road, they say, due to the nearby Leytonstone School.

Lib Dem Focus Team member Jordan Sullivan, a previous student of the school, has asked the Council if the street cleaning can be done more frequently.


Cleaning the streets

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The Grove Green candidates were out clearing up some of the rubbish that has been left on our streets.

They cleared three bags of litter from around Newport School including a rusty razor blade and cleaned out a drain which had been completely blocked.

Liberal Democrat candidate Naomi McCarthy said, “I cannot believe the number of cigarette butts that have been dumped outside a school.”


Forest Glade/Poppleton Road – faulty lights

Local residents have reported to Focus that the light on the corner of Forest Glade and Poppleton Road is faulty and with the overhanging trees makes the area very dark.

This they say has increased drug activity in the area.

Liberal Democrat Focus Team member Rupert Pickering has contacted the Council to fix the light.


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