Ruckholt Road/Alexandra Road – kept in the dark?

You may have noticed the new silver lights that have been erected in Ruckholt Road in advance of the Olympics.  They look very nice but are they better than the old ones?  Residents of Ruckholt Road and Alexandra Road are complaining that the new lights are not as good as the old ones.  The old lamposts were staggered on both sides of the road giving light to both sides of the road.  The new lamposts have only been put on one side of the road which is making one side bright and the other side in darkness.

Has this been a costly mistake?  The Council say that the lighting specification of the new lights is of a higher standard than that of the old lights, but they will investigate residents concerns and report back.  We will keep you informed of their investigation.

LYTTLETON ROAD – Road works to close off road


Olympic Street improvements to Lyttleton Road will be started on Monday 15th November.  Resurfacing of the pavements and roadway together with tree pruning and tree planting if appropriate, will take place for about a week.

Lyttleton Road will be closed during the works between 8.00am and 5.30pm.  There will be no through traffic – alternative routes will be sign posted.

The pavements will be done first.  Signs and cones will be displayed informing residents when works on the road are due.  If vehicles are found to be parked on the days of the road works starting, then the Council’s parking enforcement contractor may be called in to issue a penalty notice and if required have the vehicle impounded.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

DRAPERS FIELD – Timetable (Is the end nigh?)

Drapers Field - facing destruction

A recent report to the Leyton & Whipps Cross Community Council gave a clearer picture of what is being planned by the Council and the Olympic Delivery Authority for the sell off of Drapers Field:

Proposed use of Drapers Field

It will become an Olympic Village Operations and Support Area – provision including catering support, laundry, deliveries and general maintenance.

Site operation

There will will one main temporary tented structure in the centre, surrounded by smaller temporary buildings. The area will be surrounded by a 4.6 metre weld mesh fence.

Vehicle access from Temple Mills Lane.

Public Consultation

Is scheduled to take place in November 2010. The Council has not said how far this will be circulated. The Liberal Democrat FOCUS Teams will make sure that local people are kept informed, and urge everyone to make their views known.

Planning Application

A formal planning application is expected in January 2011.

Outline Programme

September – December 2011:

The AstroTurf pitch, fencing and floodlighting will be removed. Existing topsoil will also be stripped and removed. Destroying facilities that have cost almost £1.5 million to provide, just over ten years ago.

Whole area will be covered in tarmac, temporary drainage and lighting installed.  Double fences will be erected around the site for security.  One resident joked that machine gun turrets will be built on the corners.

January – May 2012:

Construction of temporary buildings etc.

May – October 2012:

Village Support Area in operation on a 24-hour basis.

October – December 2012:

Temporary facilities removed and site prepared for legacy works.

December 2012:

Delivery of legacy scheme commences.

There is no indication when the site will be made available for public use, or indeed what facilities will be restored.

 Liberal Democrat Petition

Our petition to Save Drapers Field is still running and I hope to make representations the Planning Committee in January. You can sign up on line at:

Please encourage your friends and neighbours to support this historic site. Paper copies of the petition can also be printed if you would like to collect signatures to support the campaign.



One of the many animals on the farm

Brooks Farm in Skeltons Lane, beside Skeltons Lane Park, Leyton is Waltham Forest’s only city farm.  It will soon become a charity which will allow it to be run by local people for local people.

Do you have ideas about the sorts of educational, recreational and support services that you would like to see provided by Brooks Farm to ensure it is used and enjoyed by all ages.

Could you help to plan and organise the services delivered at the farm?

Could you be a member or trustee for the new charity?

IF SO COME AND GET INVOLVED IN THIS EXCITING NEW ADVENTURE – to find out more about how you can become part of the future of the farm.

A public meeting will be held on Saturday 27th November at the Seddon Centre, Clyde Place, Leyton – off of Capworth Street – between 3pm and 5pm.

Lion and Key dates back to 1300

Lion & Key - 2010

Many of you who have seen the Lion and Key pub will be taken aback by its architecture.  It is a locally listed building.  The good news is that having spoken to the Councils Planning department, the facade is to be retained.

Lion & Key on the right of the picture during reconstruction in the 1890sThe pub is regarded to be the oldest in Leyton and was possibly present in 1300, although the first documentary evidence is a possible record of 1579. It closed in 2009.

The picture at the top is the current Lion and Key building.  The one to the right is the current building being built around the end of the 18 hundreds.

LION & KEY – another local pub going!

The Council has received a planning application for the Lion & Key public house on the corner of Leyton High Road and Church Road – ref 2010/1344.   The Lion and Key has been closed for some time.  It has had various owners who have tried to make a go of it but obviously failed.   

The planning application is to turn the pub into a ‘Support and Living Centre’.  This will include 9 self-contained flats ( 7x 1 bed, 2×2 bed ) together with the erection of part first and part second floor extensions, and installation of a dormer window and 4 rooflights. 

More information on what a Support and Living Centre entails will be given when we get that information.

Local pubs are closing fast.  Apart from the Lion and Key many other local pubs in the area have closed.  The Oliver Twist, the Three Blackbirds, The Four Finches, The Hollybush and the one in Park Road that was opposite Riverley School, the name has failed me at present.

What with mobile phones, facebook and other social communications, people prefer to communicate and socialise by telephone and internet other than face to face in public houses.  The access of cheap beer at supermarkets has not helped.  Pubs are closing at a fast rate and our area is no exception.

Please note Planning applications received by the Council can be viewed at the councils reception at Development Management, Sycamore House at the back of the Town Hall Complex, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JF between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  A duty Planning Officer will be available between 10am and 4.00pm to explain the plans and answer any quries.  Any objections need to be made before 14th of November to the above address.

Latest FOCUS NEWSLETTER number 322

As always we have a Focus Newsletter full of important local information ready for you to read.   Apart from delivering this to all households in Leyton Ward, you can access it by clicking on Focus 322 below.  

Unlike other parties who only contact you at election time we do it all year round.

You can rest assured our Focus Newsletter keeps you updated on a regular basis and is the best way of finding out what we have been doing and what is going on locally.

This edition contains information about:-

Leyton Festival Fiasco

Oliver Close

Beaumont Estate new build delays

ASB in Coronation Gardens

DVD sellers causing havoc in Witham Court

Possible CPZ extensions

Squatters in Church Road

Leyton Library renovations

and much more including all our contact details 


Coronation Gardens

Due to the continuing anti social behaviour in the Coronation Gardens area, the police and the council have brought in a ‘Dispersal Order’. 

This means that two or more people hanging around can be ordered away from the area and if they return within 24 hours can be arrested.  Dispersal Orders in the past have been successful in discouraging large groups of youths hanging around in the area.                             


The refurbished Leyton Library, which should have been fully opened early this year, is still not complete.  Cllr. Bob Sullivan and the Lib Dems have been informed that the lift works have now started and they expect to have all the areas of the Library ready by mid December.  The 17th to be exact.


Residents to the north of Leyton Underground are fed up with the lack of parking in their area.  The Leyton Focus Team has continually pressed the Council for action.  They have been informed that the area is on a list to be considered for consultation for a controlled parking zone (CPZ) this year. 

If something is not done soon Leyton’s streets will become a giant car park for the Olympics.