New road opened as part of Blackhorse Lane redevelopment

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The official opening of Green Ferry Way in Walthamstow The official opening of Green Ferry Way in Walthamstow

THE first phase of an access road in the Blackhorse Lane area was officially opened by the borough's Mayor.

Green Ferry Way in Walthamstow, is is described by the council as an important step in the regeneration of the wider Blackhorse Lane area.

It is the first phase of a new access road that will eventually connect Blackhorse Lane and Forest Road, avoiding the Royal Standard junction.

On Thursday, the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Anna Mbachu, was joined by several cabinet members and councillors to officially open to the 80 metre stretch of road.

But the achievement has come under fire by Liberal Democratic councillor for William Morris Ward, Cllr Bob Wheatley, who says seven years of ‘masterplanning’ for Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, has resulted in just 80 metres of road.

Cllr Wheatley, who was at the opening of the the new road, said: “After years of Labour control of regeneration all we have to show is 80 metres of road and piles of masterplan documents.

“While neighbouring boroughs are striding ahead with building we’re still waiting for the 2,000 new homes, 1,000 new jobs, parks, roads, schools and community facilities, all promised by Labour as part of the comprehensive regeneration of this ward.

“It seems that Labour can only promise jam tomorrow and margarine today.”

Cllr Terry Wheeler, Waltham Forest's cabinet member for investment and enterprise, said: "Because of its young population, excellent transport links and unique location Blackhorse Lane has massive potential and is one of the borough's key regeneration areas.

"Over the next ten years our regeneration programme will provide over 2000 new homes and 1000 new jobs and this is another step towards this goal.

"This latest development will make the area safer for pedestrians and help ease traffic around the Royal Standard Junction in the long-term."

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12:41pm Wed 15 Jul 09

Fresh Gravee says...

I suppose Waltham Forest needs as many roads possible so one can escape the place more easily.
I suppose Waltham Forest needs as many roads possible so one can escape the place more easily. Fresh Gravee

12:43pm Wed 15 Jul 09

Techno2 says...

In imperial meaures, that works out at about 1 and a quarter inches of road produced for every day spented 'masterplanning' by our local politicians and the officers they employ on our behalf.

Bob is right to an extent - but it might not be Labour's margerine that's the problem, it could be palm-grease.
In imperial meaures, that works out at about 1 and a quarter inches of road produced for every day spented 'masterplanning' by our local politicians and the officers they employ on our behalf. Bob is right to an extent - but it might not be Labour's margerine that's the problem, it could be palm-grease. Techno2

1:59pm Wed 15 Jul 09

Touchwood says...

Trust 'Terrible Terry Wheeler Dealer', the Council's officer for violin playing, to get his fat frame in the picture!!
Trust 'Terrible Terry Wheeler Dealer', the Council's officer for violin playing, to get his fat frame in the picture!! Touchwood

4:15pm Wed 15 Jul 09

Redfox says...

Wheeler exults the young population of the area, but his promises don't include any increase in school places. Hillyfields is bursting and Willowfield totally past its' sell-by-date.
Does the man understand nothing about the consequences of the combination of young people, no jobs, no money, too much time on their hands and sex? Waltham Forest is already leading near top for London boroughs single parent families. Where will they dump their sprogs for some daytime relief?
Wheeler exults the young population of the area, but his promises don't include any increase in school places. Hillyfields is bursting and Willowfield totally past its' sell-by-date. Does the man understand nothing about the consequences of the combination of young people, no jobs, no money, too much time on their hands and sex? Waltham Forest is already leading near top for London boroughs single parent families. Where will they dump their sprogs for some daytime relief? Redfox

10:09pm Wed 15 Jul 09

Brisbane says...

I, for one, am glad we're still waiting for these 2,000 homes.
Waltham Forest is overcrowded enough as it is.
I, for one, am glad we're still waiting for these 2,000 homes. Waltham Forest is overcrowded enough as it is. Brisbane

12:00am Thu 16 Jul 09

Redfox says...

If the council were really serious about making the Standard area safer for pedestrians they should do 3 things;
1) Issue spot fines for pedestrians jay-walking across when traffic has a green light.2) Remove the poster hoarding entirely on the south facing flank wall of the Standard venue site as it illegally projects 3 inches across the pavement and has done so for over 10 years, and 3) Reintroduce the bus stop lay-by westbound outside the station they permitted TfL to build out into straightening the road just for the benefit of their lumbering buses.
If the council were really serious about making the Standard area safer for pedestrians they should do 3 things; 1) Issue spot fines for pedestrians jay-walking across when traffic has a green light.2) Remove the poster hoarding entirely on the south facing flank wall of the Standard venue site as it illegally projects 3 inches across the pavement and has done so for over 10 years, and 3) Reintroduce the bus stop lay-by westbound outside the station they permitted TfL to build out into straightening the road just for the benefit of their lumbering buses. Redfox

7:25am Thu 16 Jul 09

Touchwood says...

Redfox wrote:
If the council were really serious about making the Standard area safer for pedestrians they should do 3 things; 1) Issue spot fines for pedestrians jay-walking across when traffic has a green light.2) Remove the poster hoarding entirely on the south facing flank wall of the Standard venue site as it illegally projects 3 inches across the pavement and has done so for over 10 years, and 3) Reintroduce the bus stop lay-by westbound outside the station they permitted TfL to build out into straightening the road just for the benefit of their lumbering buses.
They could also change the stupidly designed islands so as to make is easier for pedestrians to cross the roads quicker and not have to negotiate miniature chicanes!!
[quote][p][bold]Redfox[/bold] wrote: If the council were really serious about making the Standard area safer for pedestrians they should do 3 things; 1) Issue spot fines for pedestrians jay-walking across when traffic has a green light.2) Remove the poster hoarding entirely on the south facing flank wall of the Standard venue site as it illegally projects 3 inches across the pavement and has done so for over 10 years, and 3) Reintroduce the bus stop lay-by westbound outside the station they permitted TfL to build out into straightening the road just for the benefit of their lumbering buses.[/p][/quote]They could also change the stupidly designed islands so as to make is easier for pedestrians to cross the roads quicker and not have to negotiate miniature chicanes!! Touchwood

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