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Waltham Forest at Fifty

13 May 2015

Leader's blog WF 50 years

Back in 1965, the Municipal Boroughs of Chingford, Leyton (incorporating Leytonstone) and Walthamstow came together under the London Government Act 1963, which officially recognised Greater London and created a new local government structure for the capital. In the coming weeks I will be visiting organisations and Council services to celebrate the past, present and future… Read more

Waltham Forest Council’s Housing Association Summit

20 March 2015


I attended Waltham Forest Council’s Housing Association Summit last week, March 11, hosted by our Portfolio Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Limbajee. We were delighted to be joined by Nick Raynsford MP along with representatives of seventeen housing associations. Our housing association partners are at the forefront of some excellent initiatives to deliver health, employment… Read more

Budget 2015/16

11 March 2015

Less to spend blog

  We approved the Budget and Council Tax rates for 2015/16 at the full Council meeting on 5 of March 2015.  And, for the sixth year running, we have frozen Council tax whilst continuing to spend money on the services that matter most to our residents.  We have also set the Council priorities for 2015-18 which will guide… Read more

Further funding for Waltham Forest athletes

27 February 2015

High Performance programme

We are delighted that we have been able to secure funds of £30,000 to continue to support our future Olympic hopefuls as they train for a place to represent Great Britain in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2012 as part of the London Olympic Games, the Australian Olympic Committee made a contribution of £30,000 towards the… Read more

European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion visits Waltham Forest

16 February 2015


On Thursday 5 February we hosted a visit of the European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO) to discuss work the Council has been doing to tackle radicalisation amongst young people in the borough. The group is made up of non-government organisations situated across Europe who work to promote inter-ethnic, inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and… Read more

LGBT History Month

6 February 2015

Rainbow flag2

LGBT History Month We raised the rainbow flag at the Town Hall on Thursday to mark LGBT History Month.  The Mayor, councillors, community groups and council staffs attended the raising of the flag outside the Assembly Hall and heard speeches by the mayor, Cllr Tim Bennett and Cllr Liquat Ali, portfolio holder for Community Safety and… Read more

Kris Hopkins MP visits Waltham Forest

6 February 2015

Kris Hopkins visits

Last year the Department for Communities and Local Government set up a Transformation Challenge Fund to support local authorities to redesign their business practices and service delivery. Working alongside the Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, the Council successfully bid for £187,130 to support the Council to continue to transform service delivery. On Tuesday the Local Government Minister… Read more

Holocaust Remembrance Day

30 January 2015

Leader blog holocaust

A service in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The moving service in which speeches were made by a range of faith leaders and councillors marked 70 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and provided an opportunity for members of the gathering to… Read more

Last few days to nominate for a Love Your Borough Award

23 January 2015

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I wanted to take this final opportunity to remind you to make your nominations for the Love Your Borough Awards.  The closing date for nominations is Monday 2 February so there is not a great deal of time left.  Nominees as well as winners are always delighted to have their efforts recognised so it really… Read more

Turtle Bay opens in Walthamstow

16 January 2015

Turtle Bay opening

On Wednesday evening (14 January), I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Turtle Bay, one of the fantastic new restaurants at The Scene at Cleveland Place, Walthamstow. Turtle Bay joins Pizza Express and Nando’s, which both opened at The Scene in November 2014 and have already proved very popular. With two more great restaurants… Read more

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