Waltham Forest Council is one of the few Councils, successful in their bid to Transport for London for ‘Mini Holland’ funds to radically improve cycling in the borough. One of the areas for improvement is Ruckholt Road.
At a consultation meeting in Leyton Library, Lib Dem Focus Team member, Bob Sullivan had a chance to discuss the plans with officers and residents. Overall the scheme looks innovative and will assist safer cycling in the area. Bob outlined many small changes that would improve the scheme for cyclists and residents. The main one was allowing a left turn from Oliver Road into Ruckholt Road. Blocking the left turn would only encourage vehicle rat running.
He also said that the present bus stop in Ruckholt Road by the library should not be moved to Warren Road. The area in Warren Road is constantly used by motorists to park and shop locally in the High Road.
He also felt that the two current CPZs need to be combined and the times of operation extended.
Bob says: My full list of comments and suggestions has been sent to the Council. Focus will keep you informed of developments.
Focus has had a massive response to our petition to get all our elected councillors to have a CRB check (now called a Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS).
Councillors are Corporate Parents to all our children in care and DBS checks should be for all not just a few.
Bob Sullivan says: If you want to click here to sign the petition. You may also see the team in the High Street collecting more signatures.
Waltham Forest’s Labour run Council has voted to give the Chief Executive of the Council a whopping inflation busting pay rise of £15,000 – an 8% increase.
This makes his salary £195,000! Even the Prime Minister only gets £142,000. Labour councillors said it was reward for overseeing council cuts.
Given that the cuts were a loss of 1,000 jobs plus salary cuts to the rest of the council staff should this have been rewarded?
On top of that, Labour councillors voted to give the redundant deputy chief executive a massive £140,000 pay off.
You can be assured that the staff who lost their jobs did not receive any golden pay offs.
Can you believe the way this Labour Council spends your money. Last year they increased the Deputy leader’s pay by 25%.
Your money down the drain
Focus will keep on reporting the arrogant and wasteful ways that this Council spends your money.
The latest edition of the Leyton FOCUS Newsletter has just gone to press.
It will be delivered to every household across the ward by our team of volunteers.
Please contact Bob Sullivan on 8556 8335 if you would like to help deliver the FOCUS near your home. It is usually published about every six weeks and a round should take about 45 minutes. Thank you.
You can access a copy of the FOCUS here: Leyton 352
Having come back from my summer holidays I was shocked to find that Waltham Forest Labour Council has agreed a policy that councillors will no longer be the subject of checks to protect our vulnerable children and adults unless they meet them once a week or more than 3 days per month or between the odd hours of 2am and 6am.
All councillors are Corporate Parents to all of the children in Council care, so they should actively safeguard and protect those who are looked after. We need to protect our children in care. All councillors therefore should be checked.
Abuse of children has now been shown to have taken place for many years in and out of Council homes across the country. It is important therefore that residents are confident that all of our Councillors are people who can be trusted with our children. If you agree with our views on protecting our children click here to sign the petition.
Thank you for those of you who supported me and my colleagues Jerome Harvey-Agyee and Audrey Lee in the recent elections. Although the result was a bit of a shock the response from residents has been hugely positive. After 33 years working for local residents the Focus Team and I are not going to give up. So look out for our next Focus Newsletter.
Former Lion and Key public house
The Council’s planning officer has approved the change of use of Lion and Key House, in Leyton High Road, from a care home into a hotel.
Further details should be available on the Council’s website by quoting application number 2014/0380 in the Planning Explorer.