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Discretionary grants deadline is today

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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

Safer cycling in South Leytonstone

Enjoy Waltham Forest Pembroke Road to Orford Road

Work has started on the South Leytonstone Lower Traffic Neighbourhood, committing to deliver better streets for residents and funded by Waltham Forest and Newham Councils.

With many residents from both boroughs not owning a motorised vehicle and the current limited capacity on public transport, both councils continue to prioritise sustainable travel and making sure local streets are able to support this.  

Experimental modal filters will be installed from mid-August and will be in place for six to 18 months.

During this time, we will be gathering local feedback, consulting key stakeholders, and collecting traffic data to help determine whether the scheme will be made permanent in the future.

The installations will include:

  • five modal filters within Newham, bounded by Crownfield Road, Leytonstone Road, Forest Lane and Leyton Road
  • 12 modal filters, seven in Newham and five in Waltham Forest, bounded by Cann Hall Road, Dames Road, Woodgrange Road, Forest Lane and Leyton Road

Construction work will start in mid-August 2020, and during this time, our construction teams will aim to minimise disruption while keeping to guidelines around COVID-19 safe working standards.

The views of the local people is still vital to the success of the scheme and by feeding back, residents can help us to develop the scheme as it progresses.

Enjoy Waltham Forest Website

Socially distanced Shakespeare comes to Langthorne Park

East London Shakespeare Company poster september 2020

Two metres to Shakespeare is a  riotous compilation of Shakespeare's most famous stories, performed by local professional actors and musicians in Waltham Forest's outdoor public spaces... with a socially distanced twist.

All the romance of Romeo and Juliet but the lovers must remain two-metres apart, which you - the audience - will need to help with!

Enjoy a wild 30 minute ride of live music, physical theatre and comedy... FOR FREE!

There will be four performances at Langthorne Park Amphitheatre, E11 4YG:

  • Saturday 12 September 2020, 11 and 3pm
  • Sunday 13 September 2020, 11 and 3pm

This is a free event, but seats must be reserved. Book your space and bring the whole family for some fun, frolics and Shakespeare!

Book your free tickets

LoveE11: sign up today for the Bushwood Yard Sale

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Back for its sixth year the Bushwood Yard Sale, Leytonstone, is the ideal opportunity to have a lockdown clear out, set up a stall to sell the thing you don’t want to neighbours and passers-by.

The event is on Sunday 20 September 2020, 11am – 4pm, To get your stall added to the digital map and benefit from the publicity costs just £5 to cover administration.

Any profits will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, last year the charity received £106 from this event.

Get more details and sign up today

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 Adrienne who runs Leytonstone Mini Market

Adrienne Leytonstone Mini Market

Adrienne and Okan run the Leytonstone Mini Market, one of the area’s most loved businesses, with a focus on local produce (including a huge selection of craft beer), eco credentials in the form of refilling stations and always greeting customers with a smile and a friendly word.

What more reasons could you need to #ChooseLocalWF?

Read Adrienne’s story

The Covid-19 crisis has hit businesses like the Mini Market hard and they need your help to overcome the setbacks. Remember – Choose Local. Support Everyone.

Watch a video with Adrienne

We are determined to ensure our local economy is resilient and our brilliant businesses like Leytonstone Mini Market continue to thrive.

Visit the LMM website

Save The High Street Waltham Forest launches in Leytonstone

Save The High Street

These are difficult times for the high street and many businesses need as much support as possible following the inevitable setbacks which will arise from the Covid-19 crisis.

The Council has commissioned national organisation, which will be providing a wide range of free, personalised, hands-on support for independent high street businesses, market traders and Local Champions across the borough through the next phase of the Covid-19 crisis. 

Save The High Street Waltham Forest launches in Leytonstone this week and registrations are now open. 

Together, we will be helping high streets to reopen successfully, recover quickly, and build resilience over the coming months.

Register here for free

The Save The High Street Waltham Forest is part of the Council’s #ChooseLocalWF campaign.

Find out about the campaign

Free directory listings for Leytonstone businesses

Business Directory

Businesses in Leytonstone 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 also featured the directory in the July edition of Waltham Forest News, which went 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

Investing in local parks and open spaces

A programme of improvements in local parks is taking place.

Some of the projects are funded through the Council's Making Places programme.

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Abbotts Wood, Abbotts Park

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, planting, sculptural installations and natural play elements like boulders and logs to inspire creative play in the park.

Construction is due to start in mid-September.

.Find out more about Abbotts Wood

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Cann Hall Park, Hall Road, Leytonstone

Ten years ago wooden ramps and slopes were installed to create a skate board area at Cann Hall Park and since then around £105,000 has been spent refurbishing the area.

The Council would like to retain the skateboard facility in Cann Hall Park however the ongoing cost for it’s provision as a wooden skate park is not sustainable.

The Council is now proposing to replace then wooden facilities with concrete ones.

Work is due to be completed by October 2020 but before designs are agreed, residents and park users are invited to send in their ideas of the type of equipment that should be installed.

Email your ideas

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Traffic island at the junction of Bulwer Road and Drayton Road

Are you green fingered?

Would you be interested in helping to look after a new ‘forest garden’ in Leytonstone?

As part of the Making Places programme Waltham Forest Council has commissioned HUT Architecture and HOS Landscapes to transform a traffic island into a vibrant, planted space for residents to enjoy, enhancing biodiversity and creating habitats for vital pollinators.

See more details

If you would like to share your ideas or volunteer to look after it please email us by Sunday 30 August 2020.

Email if you can help

Making Places at Brierley Road

Langthorne Community Junction, Brierley Road, Leytonstone

As part of the Making Places programme the construction of ‘Langthorne Community Junction’ is now complete.

The design by New Practice includes a stepped brick elements landscape with incorporated lighting at Brierley Road, Leytonstone.

In Autumn, a new maple tree and turf will be planted to improve natural habitats and bring the area to life.

New gates and flower beds at Langthorne Park

Langthorne Park gates art work

Visitors to Langthorne Park in Leytonstone will have noticed a new look to the entrance gates.

The leaves are an artwork developed by artist Heather Burrell, who specialises in fine art and metalwork.

They form part of the overall improvements to the park entrance which will include exterior improvement works to the Lime Tree Surgery, resurfacing and additional planting.

Find out more

From Wood Street to Toy Library to keep costs down

Walthamstow Toy Library logo

Early next year Walthamstow Toy Library is expanding its operations to run from Langthorne Park Pavilion in Leytonstone and the old Wood Street Library is giving a helping hand.

Chairs, tables and even kitchen fittings from the old library are being used to fit out the pavilion so costs are kept down for this local charity which provides support to families across the borough.

Find out more about Langthorne Park

Lots to do at Leytonstone Library Plus

Leytonstone Library Plus

Leytonstone Library Plus was one of the first of our libraries which reopened a part of the easing of COVID-19 lockdown.

This library is currently open between 9am and 7pm from Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sunday.

Services available include public computers, Wi-Fi, parking permits, assistance with uploading documents to the benefits portal, and of course, books.

As Government relaxes regulations our aim is that our libraries will be places where can not only borrow a book but use as a great community hubs with lots of events and activities taking place for residents of all ages.

Our libraries email newsletter keeps you up to date with what is happening and when in your local library.

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Potential changes to wards under Boundary Commission proposals

Ballot Box voting

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 16 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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