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Highlight of the year -Le Tour de France

11 July 2014

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In anticipation of the arrival of Le Tour de France in the borough on Monday, we held a Tour de France Family Fun Day in Leyton Jubilee Park. It was a great success, with around 4,500 residents attending the day with sports-themed activities and entertainment and a great selection of French and British food and… Read more

Family fun day and Le Tour de France

4 July 2014

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Residents will have the opportunity to see the world’s most famous sporting event, Le Tour de France as it passes through our borough on Monday 7 July. I am sure it will be an amazing spectacle to see around two hundred cyclists race their way through the borough from Epping via Waterworks roundabout onto Woodford… Read more

Kicking off our summer events programme

27 June 2014

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Kicking off our summer events programme Last year tens of thousands of residents attended our summer events and last weekend saw the start of our fantastic summer 2014 events programme. I attended both events and was delighted that both were such a success. Almost 8,800 people attended the Mela on Chestnuts Field and 3,500 turned… Read more

Your new Councillors and Cabinet

13 June 2014

Leader blog June 13

I would like to thank all our residents who turned out to vote in the local and European elections on 22 May. The election of the borough’s 60 councillors saw 22 brand new councillors elected and the political balance changed to 44 Labour Councillors and 16 Conservative. You can find the full results at… Read more

Opening of Leyton Library Plus

25 March 2014

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Last weekend I was delighted to attend the opening of the newly renovated Leyton Library Plus. The opening was a fantastic event, with guests of honour poet Roger McGough and local MP John Cryer, along with the Mayor, Councillors and residents. Attendees enjoyed poetry readings from Roger McGough and local poet Aisling Fahey and tours… Read more

Pirate ship opens at Leyton Jubilee Park

18 March 2014

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Earlier this week, I attended the opening of the borough’s brand new, spectacular 20 metre by 13 metre wooden play ship in Leyton Jubilee Park. I was joined at the opening by pupils from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Infants School, Willowbrook Primary School and Riverley Primary School. This facility will provide a significant boost to… Read more

Council secures millions for cycling improvements

11 March 2014


I was delighted to attend a cycling summit at City Hall yesterday, where the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced the winners of the “mini-Holland” programme. All Outer London boroughs were able to bid for the money – £100million set aside specifically by the Mayor for cycling. Waltham Forest was one of the eight that… Read more

I can in Waltham Forest

21 February 2014

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Today, 21 February, I had the great pleasure of attending ‘I can in Waltham Forest’.  The day was a celebration of the multimedia work done so far in Waltham Forest since the start of the project in Spring 2013.  The work is carried out within day services, care homes, respite, outreach and in people’s own homes. I was able to… Read more

Floods update

14 February 2014

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The distressing pictures of flooding around the country, and even here in the capital, are enough to make us all stop to consider how prepared we are for any flooding emergencies here in Waltham Forest. Residents may also have seen reference to an Environment Agency report this week which said that Waltham Forest has a… Read more

Update on the Scene at Cleveland Place

6 February 2014

Leader and CE at Cleveland blog

Last week, the Council’s Leadership Team paid a visit The Scene at Cleveland Place to see the progress being made on the regeneration of the old Arcade Site in the centre of Walthamstow. The construction team has now completed the huge concrete box which will soon be divided into the nine screens for the state-of-the-art… Read more

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