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The unveiling of the Walthamstow commemoration plaque

31 July 2015


Last  Tuesday 28 July,  The Mayor Cllr Mahmood and I had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of a WF blue plaque commemorating the site where a V1 flying bomb fell on 16 August 1944 causing 22 deaths and 144 recorded casualties. Local resident Mr Brian Ward remembers the incident as a 7 year old… Read more

Launch of the North East London Strategic Alliance

24 July 2015

NELSA Launch 1

Last night I formally launched the North East London Strategic Alliance (NELSA), along with the Leaders and Mayors of Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Havering, Newham and Redbridge. The event was kindly hosted by Barking and Dagenham, and took place at Eastbury Manor House, Barking. The event was attended by representatives from the member boroughs, local… Read more

A wonderful weekend at the Walthamstow Garden Party

21 July 2015

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What a wonderful time we had at the Walthamstow Garden Party this weekend. We enjoyed two fantastic days of garden party fun in Walthamstow’s beautiful Lloyd Park with international music, theatre, arts and crafts, food and family activities as well as some glorious sunshine. Take a look at the photos of what was just a fabulous event. Visit our… Read more

Lea-Bridge Station regeneration

21 July 2015

LBS small - Lord Ahmad and Cllr Robbins 2

  Last Friday was another significant day in Waltham Forest history when I went down to witness the closing of Lea-Bridge station for the first time in three decades.   The closure marks the start of a £15 million project set to unlock economic growth, housing development and better transport. Just some of the benefits will include a connection… Read more

Leyton Big Weekender

10 July 2015


Our Get Together programme hosted yet  another successful event last weekend (Sat 4 and Sun 5 July) with the return of the Leyton Big Weekender. On Saturday there was sporting activities and family fun, whilst Sunday saw the return of the vibrant Waltham Forest Caribbean Carnival and music performances from ‘Aswad’ and ‘The Real Thing’.… Read more

Great day at the Mid-summer Festival

26 June 2015

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A lovely day was had by more than 2000 residents at the first of our Get Together summer programme. We had an eastern European theme to the day with lots of music, fairground rides, a variety of food and drinks, arts and activities to take part in. We also hosted Le Tour de Waltham Forest… Read more

Mid-summer Festival and Le Tour de Waltham Forest

17 June 2015

mid summer blog

Leyton Mid-summer Festival. Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, Leyton E10 7BL.  Free event Last year we had a great time at the Mid-summer Festival in Leyton and we intend to have a great time again this year. We have planned a range of eastern European music, delicious food and drink and a variety of family… Read more

East London Genes and Health Event

11 June 2015

Leader East London Genes

On Sunday I joined Madam Mayor and other Councillors for the Waltham Forest launch of East London Genes & Health medical research study. East London Genes & Health is one of the world’s largest community-based genetics studies, aiming to improve health among people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage in East London by analysing the genes and… Read more

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

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