Waltham Forest Council spent £700k carrying out the restoration and refurbishment works in south Chingford

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Live music and a fair marked the official completition of £700,000 street improvements.

Waltham Forest Council carried out the work in south Chingford as part of a £9million worth of improvements across Waltham Forest.

The work, completed earlier this year, included the refurbishment of shop fronts in Albert Crescent and restoration of stone work on the parade.

The clock and barometer above the shops was also repaired.

 

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6:28pm Sat 8 Mar 14

TTMAN says...

I fancy a pee! Oh where to go?

Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.
I fancy a pee! Oh where to go? Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes. TTMAN
  • Score: 14

6:40pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

TTMAN wrote:
I fancy a pee! Oh where to go?

Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.
There is hardly a 'crowd' I remember the days down the high street when you could hardly move before the council ruined it like everything else they get involved with.
[quote][p][bold]TTMAN[/bold] wrote: I fancy a pee! Oh where to go? Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.[/p][/quote]There is hardly a 'crowd' I remember the days down the high street when you could hardly move before the council ruined it like everything else they get involved with. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 15

7:42pm Sat 8 Mar 14

James O'Rourke says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
TTMAN wrote:
I fancy a pee! Oh where to go?

Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.
There is hardly a 'crowd' I remember the days down the high street when you could hardly move before the council ruined it like everything else they get involved with.
Pathetic and a complete waste of £700k of our money!!! I overheard a local councillor moaning at a Council officer about the traffic. I believe the same councillor who, not long ago, claimed responsability for the scheme!!!
Firstly, there was a perfectly good building on the site which if the Labour Party didn't want as a toilet then could have been converted to some sort of retail.
Secondly, under the Localism Act the money would have been better spent reducing business rates for a year for ALL businesses in the area.
Today was no more than a party political broadcast for the upcoming elections for the two main Party's - at OUR expense.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TTMAN[/bold] wrote: I fancy a pee! Oh where to go? Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.[/p][/quote]There is hardly a 'crowd' I remember the days down the high street when you could hardly move before the council ruined it like everything else they get involved with.[/p][/quote]Pathetic and a complete waste of £700k of our money!!! I overheard a local councillor moaning at a Council officer about the traffic. I believe the same councillor who, not long ago, claimed responsability for the scheme!!! Firstly, there was a perfectly good building on the site which if the Labour Party didn't want as a toilet then could have been converted to some sort of retail. Secondly, under the Localism Act the money would have been better spent reducing business rates for a year for ALL businesses in the area. Today was no more than a party political broadcast for the upcoming elections for the two main Party's - at OUR expense. James O'Rourke
  • Score: 14

9:57am Sun 9 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

In the street, get a ticket slapped on your back by a Loakewardentrooper?
In the street, get a ticket slapped on your back by a Loakewardentrooper? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

5:19pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Thunderbird4 says...

If it's a labour council initiative, why would a tory councillor be there in the background, supporting it?

Perhaps it's because he knows it's the third waste of tax payer cash on the exact same spot, as the £250,000 toilets, followed by knocking them down and putting in the flower bed, which was also ripped up, to be replaced by this new plan, costing £700,000. A council that knows how to waste money, giving jobs to the boys. A civic disgrace for both parties.
If it's a labour council initiative, why would a tory councillor be there in the background, supporting it? Perhaps it's because he knows it's the third waste of tax payer cash on the exact same spot, as the £250,000 toilets, followed by knocking them down and putting in the flower bed, which was also ripped up, to be replaced by this new plan, costing £700,000. A council that knows how to waste money, giving jobs to the boys. A civic disgrace for both parties. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 11

9:04pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

TTMAN wrote:
I fancy a pee! Oh where to go?

Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.
You will have to find the discreet corner and avoid a Loakstreet Warden.
[quote][p][bold]TTMAN[/bold] wrote: I fancy a pee! Oh where to go? Well this was well publicised first I've heard of it and I could walk there in 10 minutes.[/p][/quote]You will have to find the discreet corner and avoid a Loakstreet Warden. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

11:57pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Gray Chingford says...

would it be cheaper to keep the gardern and loo and employee people than spend £700,000 pound on concrete area
would it be cheaper to keep the gardern and loo and employee people than spend £700,000 pound on concrete area Gray Chingford
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Andrewfd says...

I also could have gone there if I had any idea it was happening.

It probably cost so much as the council workmen took months to do what a private contractor would have done in weeks. Think they were laying a couple of paving stones a day.

Shame they could not have spent the money on repairing the broken up roads and pavements around Chingford……. :-) such a sad waste of our money….. :-(
I also could have gone there if I had any idea it was happening. It probably cost so much as the council workmen took months to do what a private contractor would have done in weeks. Think they were laying a couple of paving stones a day. Shame they could not have spent the money on repairing the broken up roads and pavements around Chingford……. :-) such a sad waste of our money….. :-( Andrewfd
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ferdy54 says...

Andrewfd wrote:
I also could have gone there if I had any idea it was happening.

It probably cost so much as the council workmen took months to do what a private contractor would have done in weeks. Think they were laying a couple of paving stones a day.

Shame they could not have spent the money on repairing the broken up roads and pavements around Chingford……. :-) such a sad waste of our money….. :-(
Me as well. I'd been down there most days last week and didn't see any notices about it.

I often said the same to my wife that there only seemed to be about 3 or 4 blokes "working" there and they just seemed to be moving things from one place to another with no particular urgency.

So for £700k we've now got a big pavement that nobody wanted. I also read that one of the ideas was to have a farmer's market there, but they can't now as there's nowherer to park!!! :-\ You couldn't make it up!
[quote][p][bold]Andrewfd[/bold] wrote: I also could have gone there if I had any idea it was happening. It probably cost so much as the council workmen took months to do what a private contractor would have done in weeks. Think they were laying a couple of paving stones a day. Shame they could not have spent the money on repairing the broken up roads and pavements around Chingford……. :-) such a sad waste of our money….. :-([/p][/quote]Me as well. I'd been down there most days last week and didn't see any notices about it. I often said the same to my wife that there only seemed to be about 3 or 4 blokes "working" there and they just seemed to be moving things from one place to another with no particular urgency. So for £700k we've now got a big pavement that nobody wanted. I also read that one of the ideas was to have a farmer's market there, but they can't now as there's nowherer to park!!! :-\ You couldn't make it up! Ferdy54
  • Score: 5

3:09pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Garrow says...

2 things struck me about this story, £700,000 is a hell of a lot of money to pay for a big open space on which they apparently can put some kind of market, even though we already have one at Highams Park and one at Station Road North Chingford, if they really wanted to improve the shopping at the Mount, why not use that money for free car parking and cheap rents on the shops that are currently empty in the form of some sort of subsidy or grant? It's the only way our shops can compete with supermarkets and shopping centres. Secondly, is the James O'Rourke who posted here the same James O'Rourke who was a councillor and part of the ruling Liberal Democrat/Labour coalition which ran the council for 4 years and did nothing to reverse the trend of our declining shopping areas?
2 things struck me about this story, £700,000 is a hell of a lot of money to pay for a big open space on which they apparently can put some kind of market, even though we already have one at Highams Park and one at Station Road North Chingford, if they really wanted to improve the shopping at the Mount, why not use that money for free car parking and cheap rents on the shops that are currently empty in the form of some sort of subsidy or grant? It's the only way our shops can compete with supermarkets and shopping centres. Secondly, is the James O'Rourke who posted here the same James O'Rourke who was a councillor and part of the ruling Liberal Democrat/Labour coalition which ran the council for 4 years and did nothing to reverse the trend of our declining shopping areas? Garrow
  • Score: 2

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