The FOCUS TEAM has learnt that, from Monday 4 July until Saturday 11 July inclusive, access to Lister Road from Leytonstone High Road will be closed to all traffic between 08 am until 5 pm.
This is to allow installation of a ‘Copenhagen’ style crossing.
Residents gathered outside the Town Hall to protest about road closures in the ‘Mini Holland’ scheme
Residents protest ignored!
The recent protest by over 1,200 residents against the road closures in Walthamstow and Leyton showed that the Council’s Mini Holland plans, including closing local roads, does not have the support of all residents despite the Council saying that they had.
Protesters not against the scheme or cyclists, but against road closures
The protesters went out of their way to say that they were not against the scheme or cyclists, but against the road closures. The Council’s plans have succeeded in causing division and anger across the Borough. The closing of roads has forced vehicles onto the already congested main roads like Lea Bridge, Hoe Street, and Leyton High Road and has resulted in a massive slow down of traffic, increased congestion and increased pollution.
Congestion and pollution bad for all
All of this is detrimental to residents, cyclists, pedestrians and bus users. Focus Team member Bob Sullivan, who was in the Town Hall listening to the Mini Holland debate, was appalled by the Labour Council restricting residents from hearing the debate, as they only allowed 12 protesters in, although the chamber can hold over a hundred. He was shocked by the arrogant, illiberal attitude with which Labour Councillors treated residents’ concerns. They were not prepared to review the Mini Holland plans despite residents’ requests and their own Labour MP’s request.
Council continues to ignore residents
They are, in fact, going to ignore residents and continue to put in similar divisive plans across Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford!
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Candidate for the next Mayor of London
The attached Press Release issued by The Barking – Gospel Oak Line User Group gives welcome news that that electrification is going ahead, allbeit not very quickly.
This has long been championed by London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, who is now the Liberal Democrat Candidate to be the next Mayor of London.
You can read the Press Release here: Barking-Gospel Oak Line Press Release
A second mini cab office
An application has been lodged at the Town Hall to use the small kiosk, inside the station concourse as a minicab office.
Local traders in Church Lane are already concerned about the number of Gold Line cars waiting for passengers, and feel strongly that there is no justication in increasing the problem by granting permission for a second mini cab operator.
If you wish to express your view you may write to:
Environment & Regeneration
Waltham Forest Council
Walthamstow, London, E17 4SU
Telephone: 020 8496 3000
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.