New area manager, possible ward boundary changes, City Trees planted, library events and much more in Leytonstone News

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City trees will improve air quality in Leytonstone

City Tree Leytonstone

Two City Trees have recently been planted at air quality hot spots in Leytonstone as part of our work to tackle the Climate Emergency.

Each City Tree takes in nitrous oxide and converts it to oxygen, so they have been put where there is a high volume of traffic on Leytonstone High Road and near Leytonstone Tube Station

Each City Tree converts the same volume as 275 normal mature trees so is an extremely efficient way of helping improve air quality.

They are designed to take pollutants from one metre above ground level upwards which is much lower than a normal tree.

Due to the weight of the installation they can’t be put where there are underground utilities although we are looking for other possible locations elsewhere in the borough.

Each City Tree also has seats attached, adding an extra feature to these busy areas.

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Four Connecting Communities events in Leytonstone

Langthorne Park Pavilion Leyton

Leytonstone residents have identified four key issues to benefit their local community.

The Network Managers have developed a plan in partnership with the local community to tackle these issues through four micro-networks.

All will be meeting at Langthorne Park Pavilion, Birch Grove, Leytonstone E11 4YG. Places are limited at each event so please book early.

On Tuesday 14 January 2020, 10am - 12 noon, two micro networks will be meeting:

  • Increasing youth engagement
  • Improving cultural, religious and social integration

Book your free place at one of these

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On Thursday 16 January 2020, 1 - 3pm, two micro networks will be meeting:

  • Reducing social isolation amongst the elderly​
  • Healthier lifestyles through sport and activity

Book your free place at one of these

Sessions are ongoing and open to community groups, local residents, local businesses and to any organisation which wants to make improvements to the local area.

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Lots to do at Leytonstone Library Plus

Leytonstone Library Plus

Our libraries are not just somewhere you can borrow a book but are great community hubs with lots of events and activities taking place for residents of all ages.

We continue to invest in your library service with Leytonstone Library Plus recently benefitting from improvements to the lift.

2020 will be no different with significant refurbishment works happening at Walthamstow Library Plus, new facilities being installed to create Lea Bridge Library Plus and a new library opening in Wood Street later this year.

There are also lots of free events at Leytonstone Library Plus.

See the full list of free events

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Chit, Chat, Pitter, Pat - bring your children to free events

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If you have a child aged under four years old then we have eight free events specially for you and them.

Chit, Chat, Pitter, Pat is a new programme aimed at preparing children for school through  exciting and fun activities.

We will be holding events on Thursday, 9.15 – 10.15am as follows

  • The Green, Snowberry Close, Leytonstone, E15 2AH on 16 January 2020
  • Langthorne Park, Langthorne Road, Leytonstone, E11 4YG on 23 January 2020
  • The Nexus Centre, Snowberry Close, Leytonstone, E15 2AH on 30 January 2020

Just come along and join in the fun.

New Connecting Communities Area Manager

Connecting Communities Area Manager Kirsty Jones

A new Area Manager has been appointed for the Leytonstone Connecting Communities Network.

Kirsty Jones has joined the team and is already planning a full programme of activities for 2020.

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Community groups invited to Draft Local Plan workshop

Local Plan 2019

During 2020 we will be having the second phase of engagement on the Draft Local Plan focusing on site specific allocations.

We particularly want to meet representatives of groups working in the community.

If you are involved in a residents’ association, faith group or other community organisation which wishes to take part in a workshop on the Draft Local Plan please email us your group's contact details.

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Potential changes to wards under Boundary Commission proposals

Ballot Box voting

As part of its routine work the Boundary Commission has published its recommended changes for Waltham Forest Council.

The changes aim to make each councillor represent around the same number of residents.

In the Leytonstone area the proposals are that Cathall, Forest and Leytonstone wards would have two councillors, instead of the current three.

Overall there will still be 60 councillors but there will be 22 wards instead of the current 20.

Currently every ward has three councillors. Under the new proposals there would be 16 wards with three councillors and six with two councillors.

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There is now a consultation underway which allows any individual or organisation to comment on the Boundary Commission's recommendations before the deadline of Monday 2 March 2020.

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