Leyton town centre works scoop planning award

The refurbishment of shop fronts in Leyton High Road was part of a wider project to rejuvenate the area.

The refurbishment of shop fronts in Leyton High Road was part of a wider project to rejuvenate the area.

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

Works to improve Leyton High Road have scooped an award from Mayor of London Boris Johnson.


Waltham Forest Council and partners were given the 'Best Town Centre Project' accolade at the London Planning awards in City Hall last night.
 

The prize was in recognition of a series of works designed to rejuvenate the area, including the renovation of the former Leyton town hall building, the scheme to paint and refurbish shopfronts, and highway improvements.


Sharing the award with the authority was the Waltham Forest Business Board, Lee Valley Estates and Jan Kattein Architects, which helped with some of the projects.
 

A spokesman for the awards said: "Completed in July, the [Leyton] works have helped local businesses take advantage of new opportunities.


"Quality community and learning spaces have improved the local skills base and the transformation of the public realm instils a sense of civic pride in the neighbourhood."


The award ceremony was organised in conjunction with the mayor, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), London First, and the London Councils umbrella group, which represents local authorities in the capital.
 

Mayor Jules Pipe, chair of London Councils, said: “The exceptionally high quality across the range of categories this year shows that London’s planning system is producing world quality architecture.
 

"London’s boroughs play a key role in planning and ensuring such developments add social, economic and environmental value to local communities."


Council leader Cllr Chris Robbins said: “It is quite something to be presented with an award for one of the best projects of 2012 alongside developments such as the Olympic Park and Kings Cross Station.


“Last year was an absolutely fantastic year for the borough in so many ways and we’re determined to build on that momentum and make the lasting legacy the regeneration of Waltham Forest.


“Waltham Forest Council has embarked on a campaign of investment in High Streets throughout the borough. We’re spending £9million to apply the good practice in Leyton to areas all over Waltham Forest, to provide vital and viable town centres.


“This is part of a campaign of regeneration that is also focused on making huge improvements to our schools and leisure facilities, but that recognises the need to attract business and development to the borough as well."

The council works in Leyton cost just over £3million.

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4:50pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Wow! If this came first, I would like to see the runners up.

Painted Victorian Stock Bricks and they get an award?

The photo of the ramshackle convenience store with bloke sitting on footway, cluttered front and stickered side window, Ladbrooks Bookies, close shuttered empty shop, sight for sore eyes.

Cranberry Tinted Spectacle wearing Judges maybe.
Wow! If this came first, I would like to see the runners up. Painted Victorian Stock Bricks and they get an award? The photo of the ramshackle convenience store with bloke sitting on footway, cluttered front and stickered side window, Ladbrooks Bookies, close shuttered empty shop, sight for sore eyes. Cranberry Tinted Spectacle wearing Judges maybe. Cornbeefur
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10:56pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Techno3 says...

Can someone please buy the WFG a copy of Roget's? There are other words which can be used when writing about awards than 'scoop'.
Can someone please buy the WFG a copy of Roget's? There are other words which can be used when writing about awards than 'scoop'. Techno3
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1:29am Sat 2 Feb 13

mdj says...

Those with sharp eyes will see the buddleia still peeping out of the parapet gutters of these Potemkin facades.

In the scramble before the Olympics, it was grimly comic to see the shiny new Chinese granite paving (is that Fairtrade, one wonders?) stopping dead at an oblique line, obviously drawn on a map by someone who had never seen the street in reality; a line chosen no doubt as the point beyond which no Olympic visitor could be expected to stray into the badlands of Leyton.
It's interesting to see how Labour, who have smiled complacently at stagnation in this borough for quarter of a century, can pull their fingers out when there are High Ups watching.

If they cared, our streets would never have descended into the state they did.
Those with sharp eyes will see the buddleia still peeping out of the parapet gutters of these Potemkin facades. In the scramble before the Olympics, it was grimly comic to see the shiny new Chinese granite paving (is that Fairtrade, one wonders?) stopping dead at an oblique line, obviously drawn on a map by someone who had never seen the street in reality; a line chosen no doubt as the point beyond which no Olympic visitor could be expected to stray into the badlands of Leyton. It's interesting to see how Labour, who have smiled complacently at stagnation in this borough for quarter of a century, can pull their fingers out when there are High Ups watching. If they cared, our streets would never have descended into the state they did. mdj
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10:33am Sat 2 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Spot on, and I would like to know who is responsible after the painted stock bricks start flaking and become an eyesore.

Some shop keepers do not give a monkies about the appearance of their property.
Spot on, and I would like to know who is responsible after the painted stock bricks start flaking and become an eyesore. Some shop keepers do not give a monkies about the appearance of their property. Cornbeefur
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5:58pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Domino50 says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Wow! If this came first, I would like to see the runners up.

Painted Victorian Stock Bricks and they get an award?

The photo of the ramshackle convenience store with bloke sitting on footway, cluttered front and stickered side window, Ladbrooks Bookies, close shuttered empty shop, sight for sore eyes.

Cranberry Tinted Spectacle wearing Judges maybe.
Cornbeefur; Just to keep the record straight, the shop on the right of Ladbrokes is a coffee bar owned by a Portugese family, the shop to the right of that being a Tapas Bar didn't get anything off the council to tart up the front of his premises, unlike other businesses that had a full restoration, companies such as KFC, Pizza Hut, I wonder how much they contributed to the work
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Wow! If this came first, I would like to see the runners up. Painted Victorian Stock Bricks and they get an award? The photo of the ramshackle convenience store with bloke sitting on footway, cluttered front and stickered side window, Ladbrooks Bookies, close shuttered empty shop, sight for sore eyes. Cranberry Tinted Spectacle wearing Judges maybe.[/p][/quote]Cornbeefur; Just to keep the record straight, the shop on the right of Ladbrokes is a coffee bar owned by a Portugese family, the shop to the right of that being a Tapas Bar didn't get anything off the council to tart up the front of his premises, unlike other businesses that had a full restoration, companies such as KFC, Pizza Hut, I wonder how much they contributed to the work Domino50
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6:08pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Domino50 says...

6 months on from the end of the Olympics Leyton high road looks just as bad as it always has. As commented on the paving material is not one thing or the other, with the old imitation cobbles being in a poor state of repair. Why don't the council do one bit properly instead of making a pigs ear of several bits. As it would seem the anticipated visitors to Leyton never arrived who were they trying to impress.
6 months on from the end of the Olympics Leyton high road looks just as bad as it always has. As commented on the paving material is not one thing or the other, with the old imitation cobbles being in a poor state of repair. Why don't the council do one bit properly instead of making a pigs ear of several bits. As it would seem the anticipated visitors to Leyton never arrived who were they trying to impress. Domino50
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7:52pm Sat 2 Feb 13

ColinOrient says...

It is quite saddening to see the present state of Leyton High Road. Having grown up there - all be it in the 70's and 80's - I find it disgraceful with it's defaced houses and shops, rubbish all over the place and people spitting everywhere. Some may be critical of me because I don't like the 'new look' but Leyton is no longer a nice place to be in or indeed visit.
It is quite saddening to see the present state of Leyton High Road. Having grown up there - all be it in the 70's and 80's - I find it disgraceful with it's defaced houses and shops, rubbish all over the place and people spitting everywhere. Some may be critical of me because I don't like the 'new look' but Leyton is no longer a nice place to be in or indeed visit. ColinOrient
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8:49pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

ColinOrient wrote:
It is quite saddening to see the present state of Leyton High Road. Having grown up there - all be it in the 70's and 80's - I find it disgraceful with it's defaced houses and shops, rubbish all over the place and people spitting everywhere. Some may be critical of me because I don't like the 'new look' but Leyton is no longer a nice place to be in or indeed visit.
Chewing gum is a costly expense throughout London as is the litter. I acknowledge Dominopiza comments as regards the other businesses but why the shutter? Can they not open up so people can see how clean they are? All we know is they want to hide their flamed grilled chickens piri piri sauces?
[quote][p][bold]ColinOrient[/bold] wrote: It is quite saddening to see the present state of Leyton High Road. Having grown up there - all be it in the 70's and 80's - I find it disgraceful with it's defaced houses and shops, rubbish all over the place and people spitting everywhere. Some may be critical of me because I don't like the 'new look' but Leyton is no longer a nice place to be in or indeed visit.[/p][/quote]Chewing gum is a costly expense throughout London as is the litter. I acknowledge Dominopiza comments as regards the other businesses but why the shutter? Can they not open up so people can see how clean they are? All we know is they want to hide their flamed grilled chickens piri piri sauces? Cornbeefur
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11:32pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Sam Hain says...

What a joy it is to live in such a positive borough! All the comments above utterly negative. What is it with you people? And who was it who said if you don't like it move to Surrey? Well, on this occasion I couldn't agree with her more. A miserable bunch of whingers the lot of you!
What a joy it is to live in such a positive borough! All the comments above utterly negative. What is it with you people? And who was it who said if you don't like it move to Surrey? Well, on this occasion I couldn't agree with her more. A miserable bunch of whingers the lot of you! Sam Hain
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6:50am Tue 5 Feb 13

Domino50 says...

Sam Hain wrote:
What a joy it is to live in such a positive borough! All the comments above utterly negative. What is it with you people? And who was it who said if you don't like it move to Surrey? Well, on this occasion I couldn't agree with her more. A miserable bunch of whingers the lot of you!
Take it you dont live on or near the High Road, if you do then you must go about with your eyes closed. A lot of money was spent on the high road which could have been spent on a more beneficial cause.
By the way Surrey aint far enough, and if telling it as it is, is whinging.
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: What a joy it is to live in such a positive borough! All the comments above utterly negative. What is it with you people? And who was it who said if you don't like it move to Surrey? Well, on this occasion I couldn't agree with her more. A miserable bunch of whingers the lot of you![/p][/quote]Take it you dont live on or near the High Road, if you do then you must go about with your eyes closed. A lot of money was spent on the high road which could have been spent on a more beneficial cause. By the way Surrey aint far enough, and if telling it as it is, is whinging. Domino50
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