Local members of 38 Degrees, the UK-wide campaigning organisation, are holding a ‘Walthamstow Question Time’ in which parliamentary candidates will be invited to answer questions submitted by the local community. The participating candidates are: Stella Creasy (Labour), Steven Cheung (Liberal Democrats), Michael Gold (Green Party), Nancy Taaffe (Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition) and Paul Hillman (UK Independence Party).
Attendance is free, and all are welcome. You are encouraged to register your attendance via the Walthamstow Question Time Facebook page or Eventbrite, and submit questions on your priority topics through Facebook, or by commenting on the E17 Hustings Blog. Selected participants will be invited to ask their question to the candidates during the event.
38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, in which members come together to decide which issues to campaign on. This event is being organised locally by Walthamstow residents, and is one of many 38 Degrees-affiliated events happening around the country in the run up to the General Election.
The main focus of the Walthamstow Question Time will be the questions asked by local residents. From existing polls, these are likely to include topics such as the NHS, climate change, and housing in Walthamstow.]]>
Application number: 2014/1165 – VIEW PLANS ONLINE
Location: 71- 81 Sutherland Road and 8 St.Andrews’s Road Walthamstow London E17 6BH
Demolition of existing industrial buildings and construction of four new blocks ( from 2 to 6 storey ) comprising health centre ( 643sqm ), 64 residential units ( 15 x 1bed, 42 x 2 bed ) and 7 x 3 bedroom three storey houses with associated landscaping. Provision of parking, cycle and refuse areas.
East Thames are the developers behind the Watermark blocks on Sutherland Road opposite the site.
You can contact Tim Gaskell of CMA Planning: 0207 7497686
The tallest development – Six storeys – will be at the bottom of Sutherland Road Path opposite the Blackhorse Workshop. On the corner of St Andrews Road and Sutherland a 2 storey GP practice is planned.
Residents on Blackhorse Lane may have concerns about people overlooking their gardens although two storey houses with a short 6-7 metre garden will be in front of the 4-6 storey blocks. These properties will also have balconies but it’s not clear what the line of sight will be for current residents.
Fast forward to May 2014 and the Department for Transport have just re-announced the scheme. Work is scheduled to be complete by 2019, with designs drawn up by Network Rail in due course.
Here’s what the Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group kindly left in our comments section:
The Department for Transport re-announced this scheme last week! From enquiries made with train operator LOROL and Transport for London this scheme is postponed pending electrification of the line 2016-2017. The original scheme was to provide a ramp to the eastbound (Barking) platform and a lift to the westbound (Gospel Oak) platform.
BGORUG sees no reason to delay this scheme, but feels that the station is operating at maximum capacity and needs wider platforms, stairs and footbridge to handle peak crowds. Also greater, improved, covered passenger accommodation on the platforms should be provided.
Our 25 April news update noted:
BGORUG is grateful to the London Underground station manager, Mike Donnithorne, for providing a train departures indicator in the Ticket Hall and additional platform signs. However we are disappointed that the Department for Transport funded ‘Access For All’ scheme to the Overground platforms has been shelved.
Barking – Gospel Oak Rail User Group
Chris Braceys artwork aside, work is now complete on the shop fronts at Blackhorse Lane. Some have questioned why Yasser’s remains untouched and a bit shabby while a few wags have suggested the area be rechristened Brownhorse Road in honour of its new paint job.
Here’s what We Made That had to say about how the upgrade took shape:
With regards to the painting – when the contractor carried out the range of brick-stripping test identified it was determined that due to the brick condition it was likely that the bricks would be de-faced by the paint removal (which would have compromised their weatherproofing integrity). Ultimately it has been necessary to rebuild certain portions of the gable wall as well as localised remedial repairs. It was also necessary to replace many of the timber bargeboards and reinstate finials on these properties.
18 and 20 BHL uppers were retained as exposed brickwork, with cleaning and remedial works in places.
One change to our envisaged scheme is that Yasar’s decided at a late stage not to participate in the shopfront improvement scheme, and it therefore proved necessary not to make the planned improvements to their shopfronts at 8-10 BHL (albeit improvements to their uppers were implemented). On a personal level this is a shame, but given the buildings are not council-owned we are subject to the approval and consent of private owners.
Chris Bracey has been developing his proposals to date and I understand installation is programmed to take place in the coming weeks – which we are very much looking forward to!
We received a lovely picture of number six Blackhorse Lane from the family that used to run the shop many moons ago.
It’s now over two years since the Standard Music Venue was bought and closed by TFC Supermarkets and still we wait for news on it’s future. In the meantime TFC have allowed the building to crumble, doing little to the site beyond scrawling £5 to park on cardboard signs outside.
Holes appeared in the side of the building, and it was left open to the elements with bits of its sign falling onto the pavement. Developers on the site behind claimed TFC would only sell the land to them at a vast mark up (and this before the current property spike) and any attempt at contact from community groups has been ignored. They told the local paper that plans to open a music venue next door were being scupered by the council.
Recently however work (presumedly not structural as they have no planning permission) began on the site and many residents have been in touch asking what’s going on?
Update from Waltham Forest Council planning officers: 28th Feb 2014
“Pre-planning application discussions with the owners TFC are still on-going. We are trying to negotiate a mutually acceptable scheme that meets the Council’s objectives and TFCs needs. Until the Council are confident that any proposed scheme, in terms of its quality and uses, can be considered favourable we will not be inviting a planning application submission. The Council is hoping to get a high quality mixed use development on the site that will incorporate retail units on the ground floor, residential above and a some form of entertainment facility. The owners can of course decide to submit a planning application at any time they choose and we would have to consider it on its planning merits, but to date we have not seeing a scheme that meets the Council’s objectives for the site“.
In January 2012 the leader of the council, Chris Robbins issued this statement regarding the venues importance to the area:
“Many of you will know the Royal Standard Pub / Standard Music Venue near Blackhorse Road Station in Walthamstow. This venue although not the prettiest in the borough, has long been a place used by local musicians. A few months ago the pub and surrounding buildings was bought by a family run supermarket (TFC Supermarkets). Their initial plan was to knock the pub down. Being aware of its music history I contacted the new owners and asked them to meet with me with a view to alerting them to how important the Standard Music Venue is to us as a borough. I informed the new owners that we would expect the pub to be physically retained and that it should continue to be a venue providing local entertainment. I am pleased to tell you that there initial response was very positive and that we are now in discussions with this company with a view to restoring the building and its function.”
The Standard has been in every area action and 10 year plan for the last decade. In March 2005 Cathy Low, group manager of Waltham Forest Regeneration programmes responded to a question from BAG about residents concerns that we don’t just get housing in the new Blackhorse Lane but at the very least keep our existing amenities and entertainment places.
“Thank you for your concern about the future of the Standard Music Venue. It is possible that the new developments around Blackhorse Road station will include the land currently occupied by the Standard……. It is very much our intention to ensure that any new developments lead to an improvement in entertainment and leisure facilities in the area. Many local people have also expressed support for keeping the Standard so we intend to work with the landowners and developers to see whether it would be possible to include a new and improved Standard within any new developments. We will keep you informed in this regard“.
You can read a fascinating history of the Standard Music Venue / Royal Standard on the ever excellent Walthamstow Memories site.
@BlackhorseAG @fabsternation and LBWF are doing exactly what about it? Total shocking disgrace. Heritage means nothing to them.
— Mark Amies (@Superfast72) March 23, 2014
@BlackhorseAG That’s dreadful. What a waste.
— The Stow Festival (@thestowfestival) February 15, 2014
@BlackhorseAG Seeing that makes me sad and angry
— Christiane (@frankandfloyd) February 15, 2014
The day will kick off at 10am at the Priory Court Community Centre, where the E17 Fruit Bag team and the London Orchard Project will help local residents to plant a variety of fruit trees. All tools will be provided and the day promises to be a fun way to learn about trees and improve our local environment. We’ll be providing refreshments for everyone who has taken part throughout the day.
For more information about the project, see the E17 Fruit Bag website.]]>
The day will kick off at 11am, where the E17 Fruit Bag team will help local residents to plant plum-, cherry- and greengage trees. We’ll be meeting at the junction of Russell Road and Coleridge Road, so do grab your gardening gloves and come along. All tools will be provided and the day promises to be a fun way to learn about trees and improve our local environment. After we’ve finished planting, we’ll be providing refreshments for everyone who has taken part.
To see what happened at our last planting event, see Nine More Trees for Walthamstow on the E17 Fruit Bag website.
The day will kick off at 11am in Stoneydown Park, where the E17 Fruit Bag team, in partnership with the Friends of Stoneydown Park and the London Orchard Project, will help local residents to plant between three and five fruit trees.
At around 1230 we’ll move on to Tenby Court, where we’ll be hoping to plant a further ten trees. As the winter days are short, we may not get all of our trees planted, but the more help we have, the more likely we’ll be able to finish on the day, so please do come along and help. All tools will be provided and the day promises to be a fun way to learn about trees and improve our local environment.]]>
From 11am until 3pm, there’ll be a variety of apple-themed activities for you to take part in. Outside we’ll have the Apple Press, where you can make some delicious, freshly-squeezed apple juice. We’ll also have some apple-themed games and live folk music and drumming. For the crafty among you there’ll be the opportunity to make your own wind-chimes and head-dresses, and there will be a veritable smörgåsbord of cakes courtesy of The Mill baking group and the E17 Fruit Bag team.
Apple Day is organised and run by the Blackhorse Action Group, The Mill Garden Squad and E17 Fruit Bag. As with all of E17 Fruit Bag’s events, it’s completely free to join in thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund through Local Food, and promises to be great fun for all the family. See you at The Mill!