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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

Merry Christmas

24 December 2014

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2014 has been a truly enjoyable year – packed with hard work and challenges, but also full of events, activities and plenty to celebrate.  We now have a cinema in the borough, fabulous new play equipment in our parks, upgraded leisure facilities and a new workshop.  We had visits from the BBC to film our wonderful residents… Read more

Christmas meals and launch of the Older People’s Charter

12 December 2014

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Last week we hosted our annual Senior Residents’ Christmas Meals across the borough, which saw over 1,000 residents over the age of 60 being treated to a Christmas meal and entertainment free of charge. These events really do kick-start the festive season and I was delighted that each of the meals was fully booked and… Read more

Hanukkah Celebration 2014

28 November 2014


To celebrate Hanukkah 2014, we have organised a free event for Waltham Forest residents at The Council Chamber on Wednesday 17 December.Please join us to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Light where we will light the 2nd candle on the Hanukiah and celebrate with live entertainment including klezmer music. Plus there will also be a… Read more

Christmas Carol Concert

28 November 2014

Christmas carol concert

I hope many of you will be ble to join us as we get into the Christmas spirit at our Christmas Carol concerts.   This year we are hosting three Christmas Carol events at Chingford Assembly Hall, Leyton Coronation Gardens and the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, Lloyd Park. Wednesday 10 December – Chingford E4 Tuesday 16 December –… Read more

Waltham Forest Leisure Centre opening 2016

28 November 2014


High quality leisure facilities, healthier lifestyles, improved quality of life Five of the borough’s six leisure centres have been transformed as part of our multi million pound programme to bring high quality affordable leisure facilities to Waltham Forest. Now Walthamstow Pool and Track, to be renamed Waltham Forest Leisure Centre, is set to become the centrepiece… Read more

Cinema returns to Walthamstow

24 November 2014


On Wednesday evening, 20 November, I  had the fantastic privilege of opening The Scene in Walthamstow, the multi-million pound development that has brought a cinema to Waltham Forest for the first time in twelve years. This project has been a personal priority of mine and I am delighted that a cinema, as well as a range… Read more

Love Your Borough Awards 2015

24 November 2014

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The annual Love Your Borough Awards celebration is one of the highlights of my year as Leader.  It gives us the opportunity to celebrate the work that residents, groups, businesses, charities and the Emergency Services do to promote pride, improve the physical environment and quality of life for everyone in Waltham Forest. Please do get involved by nominating… Read more

We need to talk – tell us which services matter most to you

31 October 2014

we need to talk

  A lot has changed for Waltham Forest since you told us about your priorities two years ago.  We are proud of the changes we have delivered in our parks, town centres and leisure facilities around the borough.  I am determined that over the next four years the borough will continue to improve for all residents… Read more

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  • Leader of the Council

    Waltham Forest Town Hall
    Forest Road
    Walthamstow E17 4JF
    Phone: 020 8496 4154
    Fax: 020 8496 4286