From 1st. May until 26th June a Police Officer will hold an informal drop-in surgery twice a week:
Wednesday from 5pm until 7pm
Saturday from 2pm until 4pm
Local people will be able to:
- Report a crime
- Report lost property or hand in found property
- Make an appointment to speak to a local officer
- Hand in self-reporting forms for a road traffic accident
- Obtain crime prevention advice
- Discuss community problems
- Make an appointment to give a statement if you don’t want the police to come to your house or place of work
- Make an appointment to speak to an officer about a complaint against the police
For further information see the Leyton Safer Neighbourhood’s Team webpage at: http://content.met.police.uk/Team/WalthamForest/LeytonTeam
or the Leyton Library webpage: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/pages/servicechild/leyton-library.aspx
The latest issue of the Leyton FOCUS number 338 has just gone to press, and will be distributed across the ward by volunteers.
The Council is proposing to designate part of Leyton Town Centre as a Conservation Area. The area stretches from Buckingham Road (Coronation Gardens) along the High Road as far as Leyton Underground Station
What is a Conservation Area?
It is an area of special architectural or historic interest. The special character can include buildings, parks and open spaces, trees and landscaping, paving and street furniture etc.
This part of Leyton is of particular historical interest and includes two grade 2 statutorily listed buildings (Leyton Library and the old Leyton Torn Hall), the locally listed building at 267 High Road (formerly Barclays Bank) and the Victorian Coronation Gardens.
Extra Planning Protection
Conservation area designation gives broad protection to an area, and all features within the area are recognised as part of its character. The Council, as the local planning authority, would have extra powers to control works to protect, or improve, the character or appearance of the area.
Exhibition at Leyton Library
There will be a public exhibition in the foyer of Leyton Library from 18 February until 18 March. Council officers will be present on the following days to answer any questions:
Tuesday 19 February – between 4 and 7pm
Wednesday 28 February – between 11am and 2pm
Any comments should be received by Friday 15 March, and should be sent to:
MAIL: Jacinta Fisher, Conservation Officer, London Borough of Waltham Forest, Room GO8, Sycamore House, Town Hall, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
TELEPHONE: for any questions call Jacinta Fisher on 020 8496 6737
Your Liberal Democrat councillors have arranged for the next residents meeting:
Thursday 28 February
Leyton Cricket Ground
from 7pm until 9pm
Entrance from Leyton High Road or Crawley Road
The agenda will include projects submitted by residents on how we spend £10,000, updates from the local Police and whatever you would like to discuss.
LOCAL COUNCILLORS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN AGAINST CUTS TO FIRE SERVICES
Local Lib Dem councillors are backing their Lib Dem colleagues Terry Stacy and Stephen Knight on the North London fire authority and are launching a campaign against cuts to local fire services. Waltham Forest could lose 2 fire engines under Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans and services across London will be cut back.
Local residents are also worried about the closure and demolition of Leytonstone Fire Station amidst this on-going uncertainty. Residents are worried that because the proposals for cuts are yet to be finalised the new station could be axed following the consultation.
Residents now want assurances that the station will reopen as planned. Local Lib Dems are asking residents to sign a petition against the cuts and for assurances about the future of Leytonstone Fire Station.
Lib Dem Councillor Mahmood Hussain said:
“These fire engines are a vital part of our local fire services. Fewer engines will mean there are fewer and less mobile fire fighters protecting or Borough.“These cuts are short-sighted. The number of fire engine mobilisations in the Borough increased from 5,449 in 2005/06 to 5,607 between 2011 and 2012. The population of the Borough is still growing, which means more people and more houses to protect.”“I hope that local Labour and Conservative councillors will join us in opposing these cuts.”
Leytonstone resident Mahmood Faiz said:
“Of course we’re worried. There are big changes going on in the fire service and local people want assurances that the new fire station will go ahead. This consultation is already causing worries for local people and it shouldn’t be used as a way of sneaking in even more of Boris’ cuts to our fire services.”
This year the Labour council will bring an end to their free rat catching service by introducing a new charge of £25.
They are also increasing the cost of pest control in other areas, putting up the cost of dealing with mice for those on council tax benefit from £60 to £75, a 22% increase.
Lib Dems have criticised the move saying it will cause more problems than it solves.
Lib Dem Environment spokesperson Councillor Mahmood Hussain said:
“This is a false economy. A growing rat population affects everyone. For every person that is put off reporting rats by this new charge, rats will spread further and faster across the Borough.
“Mice are a growing problem for residents too and it can often take two or three visits before they are cleared from your home, landing you with a bill of hundreds of pounds.”
“Just like their u-turns over parking charges and the living wage last year, it wouldn’t cost Labour much to reverse these bad decisions and back the priorities of residents.”
Lib Dem Leader Councillor Bob Sullivan said:
“Lib Dems will be finding money in our alternative budget to show that the Labour council could cut charges for mice and keep the rat service free if they wanted to.”
Waltham Forest Lib Dem leader Cllr Bob Sullivan has welcomed the new laws to tackle aggressive bailiffs planned by the coalition government next year.
Under the new laws, bailiffs will be stopped from using any physical contact when dealing with people who owe money and will be banned from entering people’s homes at night, or entering properties where children are alone.
They will also be banned from fixing their own fees and will have to follow a set fee scale.
Councillor Bob Sullivan said:
“This is a welcome proposal from the coalition government that can’t come soon enough. I’ve had to deal with residents’ problems with over-zealous bailiffs for a long time and I can’t understand why the last Labour government let the current situation drag on for 13 years.
“Just because someone is in financial difficulty it shouldn’t mean they can be taken advantage of. Bailiffs should be forced to play by the rules and ensure fairer treatment for our most vulnerable residents.”
The latest issue of the Leyton FOCUS number 337 has just gone to press, and will be distributed across the ward by volunteers.
You can access an advance copy here: Leyton 337