New mural for High Road, Making Places in Abbotts Park and much more in Leyton News

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Bringing Leyton High Road to life

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Leyton High Road has been made brighter and more colourful thanks to a mural from Wood Street Walls.

The new artwork is above shop fronts between Sedgewick Road and Murchison Road.

It was designed by Artist Camille Walala,  working with local businesses such as Deeney’s and Wood Street Walls to create the mural, using recycled paint from Forest Recycling Project.

Camile Walala has a track record in transforming urban environments around the world through public installations and large-scale murals.

The £40,000 project received £25,000 from The Mayor of London with the remainder coming from crowd funding.

Making Places in Leyton

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Public consultation on The Decorators’ proposal for the Abbotts Park Making Places project is now completed and the feedback received will inform the final design for ‘Abbotts Wood’.

The survey showed that 98 per cent of respondents think that improving biodiversity and natural habitats within the park is important or very important to them.

The project includes landscaping, and planting, sculptural installations and natural play elements like boulders and tree logs to inspire creative play in the park.

The construction is due to start in mid-September.

.Find out more about Abbotts Wood

makers of Leyton

Designs are being prepared for a new mural at Leyton Midland Road Station as part of the Council’s Making Places programme.

'The Makers of Leyton' by Philip Walmsley will be created from nominations received from creatives or local residents in the area and will celebrate the makers and producers that make Leyton unique.

Making Places is an initiative by Waltham Forest Council to deliver creative projects across the borough that will have a lasting impact on communities and neighbourhoods.

It is supported by the Great Place Scheme and the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy and delivered in partnership with Create.

Get details on Making Places


Discretionary grants deadline is tomorrow

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The Discretionary Grant scheme will permanently close to new applications at 5pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

If you have applied for a Discretionary Grant before but been declined, please check the criteria on the website as there have been new categories of grants added with improved guidance on how to apply.

Grant categories:

  • Businesses without commercial property costs; 
  • Ofsted registered private and voluntary nurseries; 
  • Larger hospitality and leisure sector businesses 
  • Suppliers to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors;   
  • Businesses using shared workspaces;  
  • Council licensed, permanent and casual market traders;  
  • Charities and Community Interest Companies;  
  • Community cafes based in borough parks; and  
  • Bed and breakfasts paying council tax. 

Grants from £1,080 up to £25,000 are available and unlike a loan, grants do not need to be repaid, but there are just a few days left to apply.

Apply and find out more

choose local

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For many of us who want to support our communities during Covid-19, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Last month we launched our Choose Local. Support Everyone. campaign, aimed at encouraging people to shop locally and support local businesses as we gradually emerge from lockdown.

However, we also know many of you need to spend your money carefully at this time. Luckily, there are many other ways you can get involved with the campaign and support our brilliant businesses:

  • Like and follow your favourite shops on social media (use #ChooseLocalWF wherever possible)
  • Engage with posts and share stories use (#ChooseLocalWF wherever possible)
  • Leave online reviews of your experience
  • Sign up to their mailing list
  • Spread the word by telling your neighbours about good experience

Visit Choose Local. Support Everyone

Meet Robyn from Square Root Soda

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Leyton-business Square Root Soda was conceived by Ed Taylor and Robyn Simms as a response to the craft beer boom of the 2010s and the lack of available soft drinks of a similar artisanal quality in east London pubs.

Read Robyn’s story

Having grown from operating at a market stall to exporting their drinks internationally, Square Root is one of Waltham Forest’s biggest business success stories, but the Covid-19 crisis has caused setbacks.

Watch a video with Robyn

With determination and resilience, Robyn and Ed pivoted their business model to continue operating during lockdown and look well positioned to come out of the crisis. But to do so stronger than ever, they need your support! Remember – Choose Local. Support Everyone.


Order from Square Root’s website

Eat out to help out in Leyton

Eat Out to Help Out

Until Monday 31 August 2020, get a 50 per cent discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme :

  • to get a 50 per cent discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between Monday 3 and Monday 31 August
  • as many times as you like
  • All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.

You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend. You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments, which will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.

Find out who near you is in the scheme

Save The High Street Waltham Forest launches

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The next few months will be critical for the future of our high streets and we have taken further action to increase the support available. 

We are working with national organisation to provide a range of free, personalised, hands-on support.

We would encourage Leyton businesses to register and get involved, in the webinars, collaboration opportunities and information available from Save the High Street.

As part of the support businesses in Leyton will get help reduce costs, increase footfall and prepare for the future.  They will receive free 1-to-1 weekly calls and online chat with an expert mentor, available every step of the way.   

'Save The High Street Waltham Forest' complements the recent successful launch of the Council's Choose Local. Support Everyone. campaign.

Registrations are now open. 

Find out more about Save The High Street and register for free 

Free directory listings for Leyton businesses

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Businesses in Leyton can get a free listing in the Waltham Forest Connected Business Directory, which is now being widely promoted as part of the Council's campaign to support our High Streets.

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Social media advertisements are being run to help reach more customers, helping them find everything they need locally at the click of a button. 

The Council will also feature the directory in the July edition of Waltham Forest News, which is sent to 100,000 addresses across the borough.

We encourage all local businesses to submit their business directory listing to get the message out that they are still trading.

All you need to do is add your details and provide a small amount of information about the products and services you offer.

Add your details to the directory

Planning Committee approves 100 per cent affordable home scheme for Leyton

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People living and working in Waltham Forest will benefit  from 196 new homes on a 100 per cent affordable scheme in Leyton.

The Pocket Living scheme was accepted by Waltham Forest Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

The application included one, two and three bedroom homes with all allocated to local residents or those who work in the borough, with the larger homes being offered first to families with children under eight years of age.

There will also be 20 homes for people with disabilities along with parking for six blue badge holders.

The scheme will be linked to the District Heating Network on the Coronation Square site. Commercial space will be provided along with a small café as well as  902.3sqm of light industrial floorspace is also proposed.  Overall the scheme is expected to create 78 new jobs.

Pocket Living said it had 750 Waltham Forest residents on a waiting list for such homes, with nearly 40 per cent of these being key workers.

The Committee resolved to grant the application. The scheme will now go to the Mayor of London for consideration.

You can read the report to the Planning Committee from page 29.

See Committee Report

You can see details of the planning application and more information on the Council’s website.

We will be using email newsletters to keep residents informed of progress on the scheme so please encourage your neighbours to sign up, so they receive the news direct to their inbox.

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Boundary Commission proposes changes for nextg council elections

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As part of its routine work the independent  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 change, some wards disappear, and some new wards are created.

Overall there will still be 60 councillors but there will be 21 wards instead of the current 20.

Currently every Ward has three councillors. Under the new proposals there will be 18  wards with three councillors and three wards with two councillors.

Read the full report

The consultation allows any individual or organisation to comment on the Boundary Commission's recommendations.

The closing date for consultation responses is Monday 14 September 2020.

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