Owing to the major problem of parking in the Vicarage Road, Park Road and Beaumont Road areas a majority of residents have voted in favour of a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). This will come into force in June and will operate Monday to Saturday 8am to 6.30pm.
Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Bob Sullivan said, "The fact that residents voted in favour of a CPZ does not come as a surprise as these spread very quickly. Once some roads have one, all the nearby roads suffer from parking problems. To enable residents to park their cars in their road they are forced to agree to a CPZ. This latest one will now affect Goldsmith Road, Oliver Close and the roads off Church Road which do not have a CPZ."
The Colworth Road CPZ consultation has now ended. How the residents of the area bounded by Kings Road, Whipps Cross Road Hainault Road, north and south of Colworth and Poppleton Roads and the roads in between will vote is still to come but it will not be a surprise if the Council’s figures will show that residents have voted for a CPZ. Nearby roads that have already become a CPZ has made parking in the above roads almost impossible for residents.
The consultation will show that residents previously against CPZs have been forced to vote for one so that they are able to park their cars.
The owners of the Heathcote Pub, in Grove Green Road, want to turn it into a block of flats. Residents, some time ago, got the Council to designate the pub as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV) which forces the Council’s Planners to take this into account when deciding any planning application. We understand that the Council has approached a local pub chain about taking it over, and will keep you informed of developments.
A local resident has informed local Liberal Democrat campaigner Rupert Alexander of the daily abuse of the two parking bays for the disabled opposite the council building in Cecil Road.
Drivers are parking without displaying a Blue Badge; that allows parking in these bays. Clearly, drivers with a disability would experience inconvenience and stress if they could not find a parking space.
Drivers must display a Blue Badge at all times to ensure vehicles are legally parked. We would all agree that to do so is fair and just.
Following the Council’s consultation on their document ‘Lea Bridge Eastside’, which included Orient Way, local Liberal Democrat campaigner Bob Sullivan has submitted a proposal for a road to be built from Orient Way into the back of the two business parks in Etloe Road.
This would enable the Council to close off the current entrance in Etloe Road and force the heavy lorries to enter the business parks from Orient Way. This would stop all the heavy lorries from using Church Road, Simonds Road and Wiseman Road stopping the damage to homes and roads, and reduce pollution.
Liberal Democrats will be surveying residents’ views to the one-way proposal.
Residents are angry that after spending hundreds of thousands on refurbishing Abbotts Park, the Council is now getting rid of the park keeper. The Abbotts Park area is known for crime and anti social behaviour (ASB) but residents believe that the three CCTV cameras planned cannot replace the park keeper and reduce ASB. Residents say that the park keeper is vital in keeping the park a clean, tidy and safe place for people and families to meet and play.
Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Farooq Qureshi said, "Getting rid of the park keeper is a folly. It is a cheap budget cut by the Council. The park keeper who has been there for over 20 years is part of the local community who can defuse potential problems before they happen. Also without him, the toilet block will have to remain closed."
Following a petition from both businesses and residents against the blocking of Francis Road, sent to the Council over a year ago, residents were surprised to receive a letter from the Council showing final plans which included the blocking off Francis Road and Norlington Road.
The Council say the plans were drawn up taking into account consultation done in January 2016.
Grove Green Liberal Democrat campaigner, Naomi McCarthy said, "When speaking to local residents it is clear that they believe the Council has totally ignored their views and those of businesses and is going ahead and doing what it was going to do in the first place. So much for consultation!"
Cann Hall ward Liberal Democrat team members Rupert Alexander and Liz Phillips and other local residents have been working alongside the Police Safer Transport Team in a Community Roadwatch scheme across Cann Hall.
Using speed detection equipment to identify speeding drivers on our roads, the registered keeper of the vehicle or driver is notified by letter and advised accordingly.
Liz Phillips said, "Residents are worried that speeding might cause their children or other people to get hit by a vehicle or that a dangerous collision could occur. This working together initiative of Police and residents is welcomed, to promote awareness."
If you are over the age of 18, why not volunteer to take part in Roadwatching? Just contact: Cann Hall Neighbourhood Policing Team by email E mail: Cannhall.NPT@met.police.uk or Phone: 0208 721 2036.
Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Liz Phillips has reported an over grown tree base in Acacia Road to the Council for urgent pruning. Pedestrians are finding it difficult to walk past it, and for cars to park near as it is also encroaching into the road.
The Fred Wigg and John Walsh Towers are about to start undergoing extensive renovations.
The council are already moving residents out of their homes to start the works, but Waltham Forest Council has yet to publish the plans showing what they’re going to do.
The 'transformation' plans published as part of the 2014 consultation showed new cladding being added to the buildings, and the consultation did not mention fire safety.
The towers are essential social housing. It’s bad enough that the proposed plans may actually result in a drop in the number of social homes available to Waltham Forest residents. We need our council to confirm that those who are housed, are housed safely.
Local campaigner, Alice Thomas, said, "In the wake of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Waltham Forest Council needs to reassure Cann Hall residents that the towers will meet the highest safety standards after the works."
Nearly 200 people have signed our petition already calling on the council to publish the plans and to confirm to everyone affected that:
1. No cladding will be added to the building unless it is 100% non-flammable and meets the highest safety standards
2. Sprinklers will be added to the towers as part of the refurbishment - something the towers don't yet have
If you would like to join them, you can sign our petition here.