Murals brighten site, Crate St James to open and more in St James' Quarter News

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Sixth Form students paint hoardings for London Borough of Culture E17 Art Trail

The Chain Leyton Sixth Form College hoardings

The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Christopher Robbins CBE, celebrated the borough’s creative talent on Friday 7 June, unveiling artwork designed by local students at L&Q’s exciting new housing development, The Chain in Brunner Road, Walthamstow.

L&Q is building 518 one, two and three-bedroom apartments alongside a new community park at The Chain, with 51 per cent of the new homes (264 apartments) affordable and offered to people living and working in the borough before anyone else.

Created by 13 art and design students from Leyton Sixth Form College, the artwork will enliven the site’s hoardings while the new homes are being built.

Find out more about The Chain

Update on Crate St James Street progress

Crate St James Street and Pillars Brewery

All 32 work spaces at Crate St James Street have now been allocated and the individual businesses are fitting out their units with some already trading.

The 32 entrepreneurs will be opening their businesses at CRATE St James Street throughout June and July. Pillars Brewery untraditional pub, The Green Grill, The Italian Bakery, No-LOGO Hair, Laura Ronnie Management and Vietnamese street food Hanoi Ca Phe are now open. Baggio Burger, Long & Short Coffee, Cove 17, Sheebakes, Honeey, Leyton Sport Massage and Project Zero are amongst those opening in the next few weeks. 

The official opening, on Saturday 29 June 2019, will include all day activities for the family, live music and CRATE's fabulous food, drink and retail offers so do come along to enjoy and explore what's on offer.

Keep up to date on Crate site progress

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Connecting Crate St James Street to the electricity network can only be done at weekends and has faced some delays.

That has meant a generator has been used on site until the connection is completed. Noise and disturbance from the generator has been kept to a minimum by putting it in a carefully chosen place and only running it when needed.

Crate St James Street apologises for any inconvenience caused.

UK Power Networks has said the work should be completed by Friday 21 June 2019.

Share your views on High Street ideas

Walthamstow Town Centre Street Lighting

Walthamstow High Street is a vibrant, varied place of trade and focus for the Town’s communities and activities. Walthamstow town centre is changing, and the Council recognises the opportunity to facilitate positive, inclusive changes to ensure the future of the market.

The proposals for the High Street and Market aim to celebrate the unique character and heritage of the area, bringing out local stories and histories and creating moments of pause and intensity.

We would like to hear your ideas on how the area could change to improve business and the experience of residents.

Find out more

We will be running events over the next few weeks and will be on the High Street on:

  • Tuesday 18 June 10am to 1pm
  • Saturday 22 June 2pm to 5pm before Art Night
  • Thursday 4 July 10am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 10 July 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday 19 July 10am to 1pm
  • Sunday 28 July 12pm to 3pm

Share your views

Design guide will create harmonious neighbourhood

Later this summer the Council will be running a consultation on a proposed St James’ Quarter Public Realm Design Guide which will provide developers with advice on how we want the area to look in the future.

The guide will include advice on advice on improving the key north-south and east-west pedestrian and cycle links through the site, setting out how we are designing a consistent public realm that delivers an inspiring place for the benefit of existing and future communities.

Before we finalise the guide we will be asking residents, community groups and businesses for their views on the proposals so keep an eye open for the online consultation and the drop-in meetings we will be holding.

Four businesses served official notices

As part of the next phase of regeneration plans around Brunner Road and South Grove, four businesses have been served official notices to leave their premises by the Council. The Council’s Business Growth Team is working with the businesses concerned to help look at their future options.

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