Wood Street First has been asked about the Council’s Mini Holland project, especially as some aspects of the scheme that will affect our area are still in the pipeline. At last week’s committee meeting the following statement was agreed:
Wood Street First supports and encourages the principle to encourage more people to walk and cycle in our area. However, we appreciate that the Mini Holland Scheme has aroused strong views from both those who are delighted with it and those who are opposed to it or part of it. There are those who are strongly in favour of the scheme but have identified serious issues in the current design which they feel should be addressed.
Wood Street First believes the majority of the concerns about the project could be resolved if the Council is prepared to listen and act positively to resolve them. We would encourage all those experiencing problems or who have issues or ideas for improvement to raise them with the Council in order that they can be investigated. Wood Street First believes that leading up to the 6 month review of the Mini Holland Scheme all those interested should take the opportunity to raise both the positive and negative issues of what is working and what is not so that a balance, which allows the majority of people to be happy, can be achieved.
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News from Waltham Forest Council that ‘Buy it Local’ – a campaign to promote local retailers – is coming to Wood Street next weekend on Saturday 15 Nov. The event will include a Pop Up Market in the Plaza, with opportunities for local businesses and traders.
Please note that this is a separate event from our upcoming Christmas Fayre on 13 Dec. It is being organised by the Council, not Wood Street First.
Update 13 Nov: The event is from 11 am – 4 pm. Wood Street First will have a stall – so why not come along and meet some of the panel?
Here are more details, provided by the Council: Continue reading
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.
Wood Street First is proud to announce that our chairman Graham Hodgkiss was joint winner of Waltham Forest Council’s ‘Citizen of the Year’ award. The award (sponsored by Hill Partnerships) is part of the Council’s Love Your Borough awards, which were announced earlier this month. The award is in recognition of Graham’s work with Wood Street First and the Wood Street Safer Neighbourhoods Panel.
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.