Wood Street First is calling for local redevelopment plans to ensure that the area’s valued public spaces – especially the newly-improved Wood Street Plaza – are respected and enhanced. We plan to hold discussions and host and attend meetings on these issues.
Significant sums have been invested in the Plaza and the children’s play area in recent years, with funding from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund. As a result the main square and pavements have been transformed, and the play area has had a major refurbishment. Many locals have welcomed the changes (although more could be done). The Plaza is now a place where people of all ages meet, where new businesses are opening (including a popular café) and where children play in the fountains as well as the playgrounds. Wood Street First has put on a number of successful events in the Plaza in the last year or two.
However the future of the Plaza is uncertain under plans for the redevelopment of the Marlowe Road estate, Northwood Towers and the surrounding shops and premises.
Last night’s Wood Street regeneration meeting – organised by Wood Street Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Wood Street Business Forum and Upper Walthamstow Action Group – saw over 80 local residents, businesses and others come together to hear about Waltham Forest Council’s plans for our area. The plans, which many in the room had concerns about, and which led to lively discussion, are open for consultation until 30 September. This post gives a brief summary of the three presentations made by Council officers.
Come along to the Soul Project next Monday (9 September) to hear presentations and debate plans for Wood Street. These include the regeneration of the Marlow Road Estate, changes to the children’s play area in the Plaza, and the Wood Street Area Action Plan. Officers from Waltham Forest Council and Ascham Homes will be at the meeting to outline the plans, and to answer any questions you may have.
This is your chance to find out more about these important planned changes for the Wood Street area directly from those involved. All are welcome – invitations have gone out to Wood Street Business Forum members and local community groups.
The Soul Project
245 Wood Street E17 3NT
Google map link here
Monday 9th September 2013 from 7pm