WALTHAM FOREST: Do you agree with council plans for the future?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: WALTHAM FOREST: Do you agree with council's ambitions for the future? WALTHAM FOREST: Do you agree with council's ambitions for the future?

RESIDENTS are being asked to comment on the council's plans to improve the borough over the next 15 years.

The Waltham Forest 'core strategy' sets out the authority's aspirations for creating a better Waltham Forest.

It covers 11 areas, including housing, design of public spaces, improving civic participation, climate change, education, employment, health, town centres, crime and regeneration.

The authority is pledging to meet the Mayor of London's housing targets for 7,600 extra homes in the borough in the next 12 years, promote small businesses, protect community facilities, reduce carbon emissions and provide more open spaces for children to play.

It is also promising to focus on promoting Waltham stow town centre, redevelop underused sites, and safeguard conservation areas while creating places of “high architectural and urban design quality.”

A spokesman said: “Evidence shows that people living in East London earn less money, have fewer qualifications and may lead less healthier lifestyles than people living in other parts of London.

“To change this, the key aim of our plan is to make sure that people living and working in Waltham Forest have the same life opportunities and experiences as the rest of London.”

The plan does not describe how the borough will achieve its goals in any depth, instead outlining where developments should go “in broad terms.”

It will form part of the authority's local development framework, which will inform planning policy.

Residents have until 5pm on February 19 to fill in a questionnaire online to indicate the extent to which they agree with each of the policies.

To fill in the document visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk and click on the link from the homepage.

For further information contact the council's spatial planning team on 8496 3000 or by email on planning.policy@walthamforest.gov.uk.

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8:36pm Wed 20 Jan 10

mdj says...

Would any Westminster government have the nerve to set out its 'core strategy ' for the next fifteen years? Not even lip service is being paid here to the idea of a democratic mandate, as witness:
'The authority is pledging to meet the Mayor of London's housing targets for 7,600 extra homes in the borough in the next 12 years', which very few people living here would vote for, knowing the Borough is simply being dumped on as a dormitory for low-wage migrants.

It just shows how our present crop of Councillors see themselves as low-grade local government employees, tamely voting however the bigger cheeses in the apparat tell them.
Here are a few suggestions for a 'core strategy':
real democratic control, with procedures for mid-term recall and dismissal of failing Councillors;
suppression of corruption, by excluding all the cosy conflicts of interest which are so lucrative for too many of our decision-makers;
immediate dismissal of any Council employee who knowingly or negligently misinforms a resident.

Once you have democratic accountability, the policy can safely be left to the decision-makers - US. Democracy cannot make mistakes that democracy cannot correct.
These people talk like self-satisfied colonial governors, and they need a good kick in the pants.
Would any Westminster government have the nerve to set out its 'core strategy ' for the next fifteen years? Not even lip service is being paid here to the idea of a democratic mandate, as witness: 'The authority is pledging to meet the Mayor of London's housing targets for 7,600 extra homes in the borough in the next 12 years', which very few people living here would vote for, knowing the Borough is simply being dumped on as a dormitory for low-wage migrants. It just shows how our present crop of Councillors see themselves as low-grade local government employees, tamely voting however the bigger cheeses in the apparat tell them. Here are a few suggestions for a 'core strategy': real democratic control, with procedures for mid-term recall and dismissal of failing Councillors; suppression of corruption, by excluding all the cosy conflicts of interest which are so lucrative for too many of our decision-makers; immediate dismissal of any Council employee who knowingly or negligently misinforms a resident. Once you have democratic accountability, the policy can safely be left to the decision-makers - US. Democracy cannot make mistakes that democracy cannot correct. These people talk like self-satisfied colonial governors, and they need a good kick in the pants. mdj

10:17pm Wed 20 Jan 10

Touchwood says...

I wouldn't agree with anything THIS council plans!!
I wouldn't agree with anything THIS council plans!! Touchwood

10:32am Thu 21 Jan 10

newyear says...

More to the point, Touchwood, would it make a jot of difference if we did or not?
More to the point, Touchwood, would it make a jot of difference if we did or not? newyear

2:40pm Thu 21 Jan 10

Helen, Walthamstow says...

There are several contradictions in this futile plan.

Just for a start, how does building 7,600 new homes chime with protecting community facilities, providing more space for children play, improving education and improving health?

Many new homes will be built on existing open spaces (possibly including recreational facilities like the Waltham Forest pool and track). Primary schools are already full and overflowing and there isn't even enough money to build permanent classrooms for those already looking for places, let alone new residents. The health of people living in poor conditions may well improve if they move into new properties but their accomodation will be taken over by other families - and the pressure on GP practices, clinics and the hospital will grow. More play space? Where, in al already overcrowded borough?

This so-called plan is just a collection of words. There is no point in filling in the consultation form. No-one can disagree with the principles of making life better - it's the practicalities of doing it that count, and there is no evidence whatsoever that our local council - whichever party dominates it - will be able to turn this "vision" into reality.
There are several contradictions in this futile plan. Just for a start, how does building 7,600 new homes chime with protecting community facilities, providing more space for children play, improving education and improving health? Many new homes will be built on existing open spaces (possibly including recreational facilities like the Waltham Forest pool and track). Primary schools are already full and overflowing and there isn't even enough money to build permanent classrooms for those already looking for places, let alone new residents. The health of people living in poor conditions may well improve if they move into new properties but their accomodation will be taken over by other families - and the pressure on GP practices, clinics and the hospital will grow. More play space? Where, in al already overcrowded borough? This so-called plan is just a collection of words. There is no point in filling in the consultation form. No-one can disagree with the principles of making life better - it's the practicalities of doing it that count, and there is no evidence whatsoever that our local council - whichever party dominates it - will be able to turn this "vision" into reality. Helen, Walthamstow

4:26pm Thu 21 Jan 10

newyear says...

I agree with you, Helen. This is all so much corporate Newspeak. There is no point whatsoever in participating in this farrago of so-called consultation.
I agree with you, Helen. This is all so much corporate Newspeak. There is no point whatsoever in participating in this farrago of so-called consultation. newyear

2:51pm Fri 22 Jan 10

techiebabe says...

I pretty much agree with you guys too! My latest blog article is on this topic, have a look at http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/blogs/4
865695.What_do_you_f
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I pretty much agree with you guys too! My latest blog article is on this topic, have a look at http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/blogs/4 865695.What_do_you_f oresee_for_Waltham_F orest_in_2026_/ techiebabe

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