Councillor Bob Sullivan urges all users of this playing field to join the campaign to save it from becoming an Olympic Holding Area, which will mean it will be closed to the public from September 2011 until the end of December 2012.
Who knows what will happen then!
Please sign our on-line petition at:
37A Skeltons Lane
A planning application has recently been sent to the Council to turn the ground and first floors of the warehouse into an adult training centre for around 40 students.
We will keep you informed of the outcome.
Beaumont Estate may be given the bird!
Many residents of the Beaumont Estate are complaining about the roosting pigeons that mess up their balconies and windows.
Councillor Bob Sullivan has been told that L & Q is looking into getting a hawk to patrol the estate.
Lea Hall Gardens
The proposed redevelopment of Lea Hall Gardens by L & Q is awaiting the Government spending review in the autumn.
The Focus Team is trying to get a ‘No Through Road’ sign put up at the entrance to Crescent Road, off Church Road, as large lorries attempt to use it as a cut through, only to find it difficult to turn round when they realise it is a cul-de-sac.
The Team is also trying to get a new sign for Goldsmith Road, at the junction with Park Road, as the sign appears to have been taken.
Liberal Democratshave demanded that the Council apologises to local residents for wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on the departure of Andrew Kilburn the Chief Executive.
Councillor Naheed Qureshi says: “At a time when money is tight and every penny counts, it is a scandal that Labour councillors are prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to get rid of someone.
There are many important local services that badly need that sort of cash.
It is a bit rich of Labour councillors to complain about cuts and then go on to waste money on this scale. Local taxpayers deserve a Council that spends their money responsibly.”
Councillor Bob Sullivan is pressing the Council to investigate making Windsor Road one-way.
This road is too narrow for cars to pass each other which causes angry scenes and hooting as vehicles refuse to reverse.
We will keep you updated on progress.
The original planning application for the Glyn Hopkin Nissan car showroom on the corner of Oliver Road and Ruckholt Road was not accepted by the Council.
A new application, that is not entirely residential, has been lodged with the Council which includes artists’ studios in Oliver Road.
A resident consultation on the revised scheme will be carried out soon.
The Housing Association that now owns the derelict Outlook building in Leyton High Road on the corner with Grange Park Road has now received funding to develop the site. They hope to start in the next two months.
Focus says: At last we may see the end of this eyesote that dominates our High Road.
Liberal Democrat councillors are pressing the Government to provide money for new school buildings for our local children.
“Anyone who has visited schools such as George Mitchell and Buxton (formerly Tom Hood) knows how much new buildings are needed. We owe it to the children of our borough to do all we can to provide them with the high quality education they deserve. This includes making sure that they can learn in decent surroundings,” said Liberal Democrat Group Leader Bob Sullivan.
The Liberal Democrat group is hugely disappointed that the cancellation of Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has hit local schools so badly. It is an enormous shame, but if Labour had made faster progress with the BSF schemes since 2003 we would not now be in the situation where more Waltham Forest schools have been stopped compared with other boroughs. However Lib Dem councillors believe the important thing is what happens next.
Councillor Winnie Smith says: “BSF was a cumbersome, bureaucratic and expensive way of funding school buildings which funnelled money into the pockets of consultants and private contractors. The government has pledged to continue to invest in school buildings and the Liberal Democrats will be at the forefront of the campaign to make sure that Waltham Forest schools get their fair share of this spending.”
The Labour Cabinet has agreed in principle to close Drapers Field for 16 months from September 2011.
The Waltham Forest Guardian archives show that over £1.5 million has been spent installing the all-weather pitch, and upgrading the other sports facilities.
The Council Leader is reported to have said: “We would be able, through the compensation package, to completely refurbish Draper’s Field … we could turn it into a very special park.”
The FOCUS Team notes that there is no mention of it being reinstated as a sports field, which it has been since the late 1800s.
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