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.
Saturday 9th April is your next free art and craft event on Wood Street Plaza, 1pm to 4pm.
Café Bonito on the Wood Street Plaza announces a “Day of Spontaneous Music and Joy” this Sunday 20 Sept from 2 – 6 pm.
All interested musicians are invited to pre-register with the Café Bonito E17 Social Club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. And all performers will receive a free delicious meal! (It says here).
See the poster below for a bit more detail – and feel free to click on it to download it, print it off, and spread the news of spontaneous music and joy.
Hope to see you in the Plaza this Sunday.
We are pleased to announce two of the great acts who will be performing at the Wood Street Summer Fayre on the Bank Holiday Saturday.
Tina T – who is Wood Street born and bred – will be joining us, following her appearance at last weekend’s Chingford Big Weekender.
And rocker Ronnie King will also be taking the stage.
Alongside the music, song and dance, there will also be giant inflatables (again!), a funfair ride, market, food and refreshment stalls, and a basketball shootout. And we are hearing rumours of something rather special at one point in the afternoon.
As already announced, Wood Street Walls will be working with local people to create an amazing artistic tribute to a local hero. And of course the late summer sun is guaranteed to shine on us all afternoon.
Saturday 29 August 2015
2 – 6pm
at the Wood Street Plaza
We do hope you will join us.
Feel free to download the event poster (A4 size, pdf format) to print out and share with friends/post on your front door.
We are grateful to East Thames Homes, Central Estate Agents and Waltham Forest Council for their support for this event.
Exciting news: at the Wood Street Summer Fayre on the 29th August, local community artists Wood Street Walls will be holding an interactive workshop. Part of this workshop will include artists producing large portraits of local heroes to brighten up the Plaza until the development works starts.
This is your chance to nominate your chosen local hero for one of these portraits. All you need to do is go here to make your nominations.
Mr Morris, hero of Walthamstow and perhaps Wood St, as rendered by Wood St Walls.
So put your thinking cap on, submit your nomination and who knows, it could be you – or someone you know – featuring in Wood Street’s very own urban art!
A date for your diaries
Wood Street Summer Fayre
Wood Street Plaza E17
Saturday 29 August
2 – 6 pm.
Come along and you may find: funfair rides, jungle activity run and jungle bounce (whatever they are!), basketball shoot-out, live entertainment and food and drink stalls.
More details to be announced nearer the time. In the meantime, if you want to help spread the word, do print out the A4 Preview Flyer and display it. We would be very grateful.
Be seeing you!