CPZ creep continues

Oliver Road and Oliver Close will be the latest areas to become a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). Following consultations during the summer residents in all the roads in Oliver Close combined to vote 51.5% in favour of a CPZ according to the Council.

The Council, not happy that nearby roads did not vote for a CPZ, will re-consult Ive Farm Close, Simonds, Etloe and Wiseman Roads as well as Villiers Close and Meadows Close. Your Leyton Liberal Democrat team has pointed out that the Council’s own figures show that Simonds, Etloe and Wiseman Roads overall did vote for a CPZ but Meadows Close did not, as they already own their own parking spaces.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Bob Sullivan said, “Most people voted against a CPZ after the Olympics but have now been forced to vote for one as nearby CPZs have made it impossible to park. With the Council making multi-millions out of parking fees and fines it is no wonder they would like the whole borough to be a CPZ”.


Tyndall Road One-Way Request

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Following the changes to Francis Road, getting in and out of Tyndall Road is getting harder and harder and some cars have been damaged. Residents of Tyndall Road are asking if the road can be made oneway.

Lib Dem Focus Team member Ukonu Obasi will be contacting the Council to investigate the residents’ request.


Lea Hall Gardens – dangerous garage area

An elderly resident of Lea Hall Gardens has had two nasty accidents due to the poor surface of the garage area of 1-23 Lea Hall Gardens.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Ed Bird was shocked to hear that L&Q, who plan to do major work in the Gardens, have refused to include the garage area in their plans. We will continue to take this up with L&Qs Property Manager.


Ramsay Road pot-holes

The Cann Hall Liberal Democrat team has reported the large pot-hole in Ramsay Road. This has not been the only one as the Focus Team is continually reporting pot-holes across the ward.

Lib Dem Focus member Rupert Alexander said, "The number of pot-holes not repaired is not surprising as a recent report shows that the Council’s repair rate is only around 50%."

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Riverley School area – dogs mess

Residents have brought to the attention of the Lib Dem team the increase of dog mess around Riverley School. Focus has contacted the Council and asked for some notices be put up showing that dog owners can be fined for letting their dogs mess in the street or notices and bins be put around the school encouraging dog owners to use them?

Liberal Democrat campaigner Farooq Qureshi says: “There is nothing worse than your children stepping into dogs mess. It is obvious that someone is regularly allowing their dog to mess near the school. If you know who they are then please contact a member of the Focus Team in confidence.”


Cann Hall Deli licence approved against residents wishes!

The Cascais Deli in Cann Hall Road has had its alcohol licence approved even after noise, drug taking and anti social behaviour outside the Deli late at night was reported by residents.

Focus Team member Mahmood Faiz said, “The approval of this anti-social neighbour is outrageous as it’s clients continue to disturb local residents late into the night.”


Thornhill Road Fly Tipping

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Liberal Democrat campaigner Ed Bird is pleased to see that the bed, mattress and rubbish left in Thornhill Road were cleared quickly particularly over this Christmas period. Please remember that you can arrange collection of large unwanted items via the Council’s website or by calling 020 486 3000.


Fred Wigg and John Walsh Towers meeting angers residents!

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At a packed public meeting held to discuss the future of the two tower blocks in Montague Road, the residents were angry that Waltham Forest Council are still pushing their ideas forward for Transformation. This involves moving all the residents out for about 3 years, demolishing all the rooms in the flats and leaving just the outside walls and rebuilding.

The Council will decide in February which of the developers will be chosen to do this work. The cost to the Council is around £38m but the option the residents prefer would cost around £8m to refurbish the insides.

Three years ago the Council employed an agency asking the residents to vote for either option. The result was 3 to 1 in favour of modest improvements but the Council ignored the results.

The Tower Blocks residents and Focus are now demanding that the Council:

  1. Scrap the Transformation plans and respect the result of the ballot which was to do 'modest improvements'
  2. Wait to hear the results of the Grenfell Inquiry which will inevitably bring in new changes to building regulations for high rise in the future.
  3. Make the process more open and transparent for all residents and their neighbours in the surrounding streets.

Focus Team member Liz Phillips, who attended the meeting, said, " If the Council decide on the Transformation option it will mean many years of total disruption for all the residents in the Towers and for the neighbours in nearby streets.”

Liberal Democrats are demanding that the Council listen to their residents and respect their wishes. Most of them have lived in their flat for decades.


George Mitchell School petitioned!

Local residents who live opposite the George Mitchell School have petitioned the Headteacher requesting that the school clear the overflowing rubbish bins, the builder’s container and skip and some steel bars resting against the railings.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Bob Sullivan said, "The problem with the builders and the rubbish has been going on over a year. Local residents should not be taken for granted while the new school is being built."


Severely disabled people let down by Council

Very vulnerable people who use the respite and residential home in Trumpington Road are being let down by the Council who plan to close it. The centre dealing with the most vulnerable people has proved a lifeline to carers who look after their loved ones.

Carers have said that the Council has stopped referring people to the centre even though some carers want more respite. As one carer reported “The most severely disabled people are being overlooked, they have not got a voice and other services are not suitable for them. I don’t think what is happening is correct but it feels like we’re fighting a losing battle”.

Focus Team member Liz Phillips said, “By cutting back referrals and ignoring carers, the Council can say the Centre is not used in order to justify the closure a classic Council trick. This is an appalling way to treat our most vulnerable people. The Council should cut back its propaganda paper and events and not cut back on vital services to the most severely disabled in the borough.


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