Leyton Police Station shutting down

Councillors Bob Sullivan, Naheed Qureshi and Farooq Qureshi outside the Francis Road Police Station

The Police have announced that Leyton Police Station in Francis Road will be shut down from next Monday 10th December.

The front counter services are being transferred to the Custody Centre, in Boreham Close, off Hainault Road.

The front counter will be manned from 7am until 3am daily. The same hours as currently offered at Francis Road.

Boreham Close is a cul-de-sac situated opposite Norlington Road.

George Mitchell School – ‘NO’ to an Academy

Councillor Bob Sullivan pictured at George Mitchell School


Teachers, staff and Pupils came together at a recent meeting at George Mitchell School to campaign against any measures that would turn the school into an Academy. 

I, and my colleague Councillor Naheed Qureshi, a former student, both spoke in support of the campaign. 

Although the school is not currently under threat, nearby Willowbrook School has already agreed to Academy status and Riverley School is in the process of becoming one. 

Focus will keep you informed of any developments.

Leyton Residents’ Forum

Your Lib Dem Leyton ward councillors have arranged for the next residents’ meeting to be held on:

Friday 14th December at the SCORE CENTRE, Oliver Road, from 7pm till 9.00pm.

The agenda will include a report back on the results of the Council’s controlled parking consultation.

EDL march update

Lib Dem Councillors Bob Sullivan, Farooq Qureshi and Mahmood Hussain outside the Town Hall
Liberal Democrat councillors joined an all-party group of councillors and residents lobbying Parliament to ban the planned march through Walthamstow. 


GOOD NEWS– the Minister for Policing Damian Green has this afternoon approved a ban on any protests in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Islington for the next 30 days. 

In a statement issued this afternoon the Council and Parliament said the Police would only allow the EDL to hold a static protest outside the Houses of Parliament. 

A joint statement issued by the Council and the three Members of Parliament urged residents to stay away from all planned protests. 

Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Mark Collins also urged the public to stay away from any counter demonstrations and said they could make the situation worse. 

Lib Dem Group Leader Bob Sullivan said: 

“I hope reason prevails and the community enjoys a peaceful weekend.” 


At the recent full council meeting, councillors voted in favour of a Liberal Democrat motion to introduce Selective Licensing in the Borough.

Selective licensing has recently been introduced across the whole of the neighbouring borough of Newham. Once in place the law requires that all landlords in the area are licensed and that license can then be revoked if certain conditions aren’t met.

Lib Dems want to use it to tackle rogue landlords and in particular the growth of anti-social behaviour in private rented properties, which now make up 32% of the Borough’s housing stock.

The motion called for a full consultation on proposals to introduce selective licensing in the Borough to tackle rogue landlords, although this was diluted by a Labour amendment, which instead simply referred to ‘an evaluation’.

Lib Dem Housing spokesperson Councillor Winnie Smith, who moved the motion said:

“We’re pleased that the council are now seriously looking into selective licensing. And we hope that the Labour group will now stick to the spirit of the motion and push forward with selective licensing.

“There is a clear need to tackle the growing problem of rogue landlords in the Borough. As we heard from Leyton resident Sharon Crossland in the council meeting, there are landlords in our borough that just aren’t playing by the rules and there is only so much that can be done at the moment without this new licensing power.”

“Many residents are suffering in properties that just aren’t up to standard and paying too much for poor housing that’s blighted by anti-social behaviour.”

Latest Controlled Parking Survey

The current FOCUS Parking Survey is getting a massive response across the south of Waltham Forest which faced draconian parking restrictions during the Olympic Games.

If you haven’t already received a copy you can download it here: Leyton 335

Completed copies of the survey should be returned to:

The FOCUS Team, 24 Thornhill Road, E10 5LL

It is also vital that every household completes, and returns, the Council’s consultation document, so that they receive a comprehensive view from of all residents. A recent article in the Waltham Forest Guardian suggests the Council would be happy with a 15-20% response rate.

Lets make sure they hear from everybody!

If you have not received a copy of the consultation, please ring the Town Hall on 8496 3000 today.

All replies must be sent to the Council by 22 October.

Leyton Focus 335

The latest issue of the Focus Newsletter is being delivered.

The lead story is a survey seeking your views on parking in Leyton. You will have, by now, received a consultation from the Council asking your views on whether you would like controlled parking restrictions to be introduced in your road.

The Lib Dems are stressing the importance of every household completing and return the Council’s consultation document, whatever your views, to make sure that the Town Hall has no doubts about the views of the majority of residents.

It also reports on the recent death of Neal Chubb, who was a very experienced local politician, who will be missed by the many people he helped over the years.

On the back page you will find some other local news together with details of the next ward meeting at the SCORE Centre on 9th. October.

I can confirm that the meeting will begin at 7pm and is scheduled to finish at 9pm. Unfortunately the times were not included in the Focus.

You can access the Focus here: Leyton 335

Oliver Close – residents’ survey report back

The recent Focus residents’ survey in Oliver Close identified that there was a problem with dog mess in Walnut Road, Robinia Crescent and the alley-way between the mosque and the fire station.

Following a report by the Focus Team the Council has said that action will be taken to identify the owners of the dogs concerned.

If you know who the owners are, please report it to one of the Focus Team.

Planning Decisions

295 Leyton High Road

The plans to change the use of the retail shops to an instant loan office have been refused by the Planning Officers.

20 Rosedene Terrace

Also refused were plans for one and two storey side extensions at this address.