St James' Quarter Update: Crate planning application submitted, Crack down on gangs and ASB, Cabinet Report delayed and Stay Connected

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St James' Quarter Local Update

Walthom Forest

Crate St James' Planning Application submitted

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Crate is due to deliver brand new workspace on the former car park in St James Street, Walthamstow  The site has now been tidied up ready for hoardings to be erected before work begins to develop and improve this site.

Crate St James Street will provide up to 28 workspaces in a vibrant new workspace for small and growing local businesses and start-ups with shared areas for meeting clients.

The land will remain in Council ownership.

A planning application has now been submitted and will go through the normal planning process including formal consultation with nearby residents and businesses.

If you have any comments on this planning application please email them as soon as possible quoting reference number 183259 so they can be included in the report on this application.

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Early morning raids take guns, knives and drugs off the streets

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On Wednesday 3 October, a series of early morning raids in Waltham Forest took place targeting those suspected of being involved in drug supply and violence. They resulted in  20 arrests, including some in the local area.

The 19 men and one woman were arrested for a range of offences, including possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs. A sword, a hunting knife, and significant amounts of cash were seized, and one of the men was also arrested for possession of a firearm.

The Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Councillor Clare Coghill, accompanied officers on the raids to find out more about how the police proactively target drug-dealers and known gang members.

The Council is determined to tackle gang violence and drug dealing and work with its local partners and the community to build safer, stronger communities where all feel safe and welcome.

Cllr Coghill made a direct plea to residents for their assistance in keeping young people safe. “We need people who witness drug offences and violent crime to come forward and assist the police. It’s not acceptable to turn a blind eye when we see people dealing drugs and committing violent acts.

“Together, we can beat the gangs and send them a clear message: You are not welcome in Waltham Forest.”

Information can be given in confidence to the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Cabinet report delay

The development plans in the area which include new homes, commercial premises and a health care facility. We had planned to take a report to Cabinet in October providing an update on progress.

However, unlocking the remainder of the Brunner Road and South Grove regeneration area depends on reaching an agreement to relocate the St James Street Surgery.  At the moment a planning application for a new surgery facility is anticipated in February or March 2019.  The report has been delayed to allow a full options appraisal of how to deliver the best outcome for the borough to be delivered.

In the meantime, the Council is working with businesses who have requested business support to address some of their needs and concerns.

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