Waltham Forest Council issued the following press release on Thursday 7th July 2016.
Work on the Marlowe Road Estate and Plaza in Walthamstow is now set to start in early autumn 2016. Not in July as previously stated. Waltham Forest Council and Countryside remain committed to £160million of investment and delivering new council homes for local residents.
Residents on the Marlowe Road estate will be receiving letters from the Council setting out the current situation and what this means for them. The basketball court and children’s play area will remain open throughout the summer holidays until work begins. After that a temporary replacement play area is being created as part of the project.
Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “The Marlowe Road estate is home to a strong local community and we are committed to investing in it and creating new council homes. Everyone wants to get this project moving so even this short delay is regrettable.
If residents have any enquiries they can contact the Council’s Property Team on 020 8496 3000.
You can also contact your local councillors for Wood Street Ward via http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk
Wood Street First think common sense has prevailed. The decision to close the basketball court and children’s play area just before the six weeks School Holidays was a decision that was not popular with local residents. In response to the large amount of concern from those at the recent Ward Forum Meeting in regards to the July closure of the basketball court and children’s play area our local Councillors said they would do what they could do to keep them open for the summer holidays. Whatever the reason is for keeping the Plaza and play areas open we agree with Cllr Khevyn Limbajee that in the Wood Street Ward we have a strong local community who will not be ignored.
The Plaza closing down Party on Sunday 17th July is also being postponed.
Closure of plaza and new development to begin
Photo 1 – Goodbye to a popular park area
The latest news
It seems that the redevelopment work on Marlowe Road and the Plaza Play Park is now about to start. Is very unfortunate that we are going to see the closure of the Childrens Play Park just before the School holidays are about to start but in my view it never would be a good time to close this very popular and well liked community area.
The Wood Street First Community Notice Case will be moved from the Plaza and relocated on the wall outside the Wells Pharmacy opposite the Plaza.
The dates for the Marlowe Road regeneration works:
27 June – Countryside Properties take possession of garage area near the Lord Brook Pub to prepare for the temporary play area and the bungalows on Marlowe Road to create the site compound
1 July – Information will be provided direct to residents and local businesses with notices fixed around the plaza and play area
4 July –Waltham Forest News advert will be published giving more information on the play area and wider notification of commencement of the regeneration work
18 July – Existing play area closed
27 July – Relocation and removal of play equipment complete
1 August – Opening of temporary play area (near the Lord Brook Pub – closed)
1 August – Countryside Properties take possession of Phase 1A area this includes a large part of the plaza to enable them to commence main works
Wood Street First is planning to join the Party on the Plaza on Sunday 17th July. This is been organised so everyone can come together to enjoy the last day of the Plaza Park. More information on this will be given out soon.
As part of their Wood Street Build Project, Architects E17 are running an Ideas Day this weekend. It’s all happening at St Gabriel’s Family Centre, Havant Road E17 this Saturday (6 September) between 1 and 5pm.
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