Unlit ‘Give Way’ sign at the junction of Lister and Morningtton Roads
The FOCUS Team has alerted the Council to this unlit traffic sign at the junction with Lister Road and Mornington Road.
They are monitoring repairs.
UPDATE – light now repaired.
NEWSFLASH – 15 November:
A resident has advised that the light is out of action once again. The FOCUS Team has urged the Council to inverstigate.
Council decides to limit child abuse checks
Waltham Forest 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 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. 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 all Councillors should have a criminal records check even if they never work with children or only do so rarely.
Councillors are people who can be trusted with our children.
Liberal Democrat campaigner Mahmood Faiz says, ‘All councillors therefore should be checked.’
Cavendish Drive – dying tree
The FOCUS Team has been advised that the tree opposite number 161 Cavendish Drive is dying, and has been scheduled for removal.
The Tree Officer has confirmed that it will be felled leaving a stump about 1m high so that it does not become a trip hazard.
The stump will then be ground out and the site will be prepared for a replacement tree, which will be planted during the new planting season which runs from November 2014 to March 2015.
620 High Road Leytonstone – site of planned Paddy Power betting shop
Council rejects Paddy Power’s planning application for change of use.
This week the council’s Planning Officers, under new regulations, refused the Paddy Power application for change oof use to class A2 (betting Office) for the premises at 620 High Road Leytonstone.
The reasons for refusal included:
- The proposal would result in the clustering of betting shop uses within a limited section of Leytonstone High Road, which would detract from the retail appeal of the area and fail to contribute to the Council’s regeneration objectives for the area thus adversely impacting upon the retail vitality and viability of this are contrary to Policy CS14 of the adopted Waltham Forest Local Plan Core Strategy (2012) and Policy DM25 of the adopted Waltham Forest Development Management Policies (2013).
- The proposed change of use would result in a cluster of betting shops which may lead to anti-social behaviour issues and increased incidents of street crime within the locality which could effect the health and well-being of local residents, contrary to Policies CS13 and CS16 of the Local Care Plan Core Strategy and Policy DM25 of the Development Management Policies.
The FOCUS Team queried the approval of the subsidiary applications for a new shop front, air conditioing and aerials. It appears that planning law does not allow officers to link applications, each has to be treated as individual requests, and there were no reassons for refusal.
It now remains to be seen whether Paddy Power decide to appeal this ruling.
The Liberal Democrats will keep you informed of any developments.
STOP PRESS – The gaming license for these premises is due to be heard by the Licensing Panel on 6 October.
767 High Road Leytonstone
Planning Application 2014/1131
The proposal for change of use from retail shop (class A1) to restaurant (class A3) was refused with informatives by the council’s Planning Officers
Further details can be seen on the council website’s Planning Explorer by quoting the above application number.
672 High Road Leytonstone
Planning Application No. 2014/1414 – 672 High Road Leytonstone
This application proposed a change of use from storage to a restaurant and cafe with a first floor extension. It was refused by the council’s planning officers.
Full details of the reasons may be seen on the Planning Explorer on the council’s website by quoting the application number
Planning Application number 2014/1077 – CROSBY HOUSE, 2A Carlton Road
An application was lodge to the following conditions of the original planning approval (2009/0762):
- CONDITION 3 – increase opening hours to 09.00 to 23.00 Monday to Saturday and 09.00 to 22.00 on Sundays and Bank holidays
- CONDITION 6 – remove limit on numbers attending
- COMDITION 7 – remove restriction of use by young persons only, to allow use by all age groups.
This application was refused with informatives. Further details may be found under the council’s planning explorer quoting application number 2014/1077.
Church Lane Car Park, showing the new bollards at the entrance
Following yet another incident involving the height restriction barrier, at the entrance to the Church Lane Car Park, the council has replaced it with width restriction bollards to prevent the car park being used by large commercial vehicles.