New weekly event for teenagers, comment on Central Parade plans, library events, BMXercise and much more in Walthamstow News

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Big Creative Academy invests £21 million in improvements

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Work is well underway on a major new educational campus in Walthamstow to improve the Big Creative Academy, in Clifton Avenue, which is due to open in September.

This is a specialist creative arts college for 16-19 year olds. As part of the free schools programme, the Department for Education is funding accommodation for 400 students.

The Academy will run courses in media, performing arts, music, fashion, make-up, technical theatre and health and fitness.

Find out more about the development

Big Creative Education provides a number of facilities in Waltham Forest.

See the video why Waltham Forest attracts them

Exciting events at Welcome to the Forest Bar

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The Welcome to the Forest Bar in Hoe Street is proving a popular venue for community groups.

Our Space is a new, weekly night for young people aged 14-19 to come together and share their passion for music and performance.

Our Space is co-produced with partners including Project Zero, Leyton Sixth Form College and Walthamstow Music Education Hub.   If you represent an organisation working with young people and are interested in getting involved please get in touch.

The Walthamstow Boardgame Group meets here every Tuesday at 6:30pm. This group welcomes everyone and anyone who wants to have fun playing games in a relaxed, enjoyable and safe environment.

Find out more

1B Coppermill Lane Window Gallery launches packed programme for 2020

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There are some exciting exhibitions coming to the 1B Coppermill Lane Windows Gallery during 2020..

The exhibitions are curated by Invisible Numbers.

On display until Friday 27 March is:

Swarm: artists respond to the pollinator crisis’, featuring original artwork by:

Swarm is a curatorial collaboration between artist Alke Schmidt and curator Roisin Murphy from the Vestry House Museum.

See the exhibition programme

Central Parade planning application submitted

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A planning application, reference number 194012, has now been submitted and you can comment on the proposals.

There is also an application for Listed Building Consent, reference number 194013, for the site.

Comment on the application

The easiest way to keep in touch with what is happening as we renovate the Central Parade is to make sure you receive our email newsletter.

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Meet the Contractors for Essex Close

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Residents living near the Essex Close housing development, which is building 20 new homes, 50 per cent of which will be affordable, can Meet the Contractor to hear how the work will be done.

See scheme details

There will be a special drop-in engagement event on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at Stoneydown Park Primary School Junior Hall.

Book your free place now

Pocket Park work due to start next week

Hoe Street and First Avenue Pocket Park

Work is due to start next week on the Pocket Park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street.

The plans were developed through extensive engagement with local residents and businesses.

The pocket park will be a mix of existing mature trees, high quality paving materials, new trees and planting.

There will be a dedicated residents planting area which the community will be able to plant and maintain.

Pocket Parks are one of the ways we are helping tackle the Climate Emergency as the plants used will help improve air quality.

See more about this scheme

Your chance to comment on plans to boost pollinator numbers

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We all know how important pollinators are for the production of our food as well as the role they play in helping tackle the Climate Emergency.

As part of the Juniper House development we are including open space which will be pollinator friendly, as will the improved gardens at 35-41 First Avenue. The new Pocket Park at the junction of First Avenue and Hoe Street will also include plants to provide food for bees and other pollinators.

Waltham Forest Council is currently consulting with residents to help us draft a Pollinator Action Plan (PAP) which:

  • highlights the steps the Council proposes to take to help pollinators
  • suggests ways that residents, businesses and community groups can help pollinators

Read the Pollinator Action Plan

Before the Pollinator Action Plan is agreed we want to hear your views on the suggestions it contains and also any other ideas you think should be included.

Please complete this short survey by Monday 2 March 2020.

Share your views on the PAP

Come and be part of a winning BMX team

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Every Saturday COG runs two BMX training sessions at the BMX course in the new Cheney Row Park, Walthamstow.

The sessions are 1 – 3pm for 10 to 16 year olds and 3 – 4.30pm for six to 10 year olds.

Equipment is provided and there’s a suggested donation of £2 per person per session.

In summer 2019 a team of BMXers from these sessions represented Waltham Forest in the London Youth Games coming away with a medal.

This was the first time we’d entered a BMX team so we’re hoping to do even better this year. If you want to be part of a winning BMX team come along and test your skills against other local BMXers.

Find out more

BMXercise for women

Potential changes to wards under Boundary Commission proposals

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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.

The boundaries of every ward in the borough could change, some wards could disappear, and some new wards could be created.

In the Walthamstow area the proposals are that William Morris ward disappears and three new wards would be created – Blackhorse, St James and Walthamstow Village, each with three councillors.

High Street ward would have two councillors under the proposals, 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.

Read the full report

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.

Share your views online

Extra community space at Walthamstow Library Plus

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We continue to invest in your library service and 2020 will be no different with significant refurbishment works happening at Walthamstow Library Plus.

We are doing these works in stages throughout the year, with the first part opening in mid-January.

You will all know that the Post Office moved out this year, so we have taken over the 120 square metre space and created a multi-purpose space.

This can be used for meetings and includes free wi-fi and a coffee shop facility.

As we open this new area we will be temporarily closing the old reading room upstairs for a much needed facelift.

Lots happening at your local library

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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.

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

See the full list of free events

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