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Speaking Out: Sheema Luca on health services available to disabled children in Waltham Forest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Sheema Luca says urgent changes are needed to the health system.

10:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

Sheema Luca, the mother of a special needs son, speaks about the measures some parents are having to go to secure appropriate care for their disabled children.

Speaking Out: Hamid Rashid on high street parking

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Hamid Rashid says business is struggling, despite customers saying they want to shop in the high street more often, because of parking issues.

10:17am Thursday 17th April 2014

Hamid Rashid, the local butcher in Barkingside, speaking about parking problems in the high street.

Speaking Out: Norma Green on youth employment opportunities

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Norma Green

2:59pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Norma Green, chairman of the Youth Employment Strategy Partnership, discusses what the organisation is doing to get young people into work

What's true and what's not?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

12:38pm Monday 14th April 2014

Further to your story about the E11 BID Co. fiasco (‘Public and press thrown out of E11 BID meeting’, Guardian, April 10), it appears that the council is so muddled about the whole issue that it can no longer distinguish what is true and what is not.

No attempt to clear up dog mess

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:23am Monday 14th April 2014

Well said Cllr John Filby (Speaking Out, Guardian, April 3).

Memories of St Margaret's Hospital

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:14am Monday 14th April 2014

Does anyone remember the White Death, Tuberculosis, in the 50 and 60s? At the age of 23, in 1957, I was diagnosed with this disease at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Stratford, and sent to St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping for six months.

Help save a life by giving blood

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:34am Monday 14th April 2014

I wish to give tribute to my friend and colleague Mr Peter Woollcott of Walthamstow. He was a school governor at Chapel End Primary Schools for 32 years and completed last year a personal life-long milestone, as a whole red blood donor, when he gave his 100th unit donation, at one of the regular Walthamstow Assembly Hall sessions.

Betrayal of socialist principles

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:30am Monday 14th April 2014

We should welcome the judicial review decision that moving Christian Kitchen to Billet Road from central Walthamstow is a danger for vulnerable people travelling to an isolated area which would leave then open to being attacked.

No chance to comment

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:27am Monday 14th April 2014

Martin Duncan-Jones is quite correct in saying that Waltham Forest News is largely a council propaganda exercise.

Lights saving not reflected in council tax

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:09am Monday 14th April 2014

Maybe I’m a little cynical but could the reason Essex County Council couldn’t tell Micheal McGough (letters, April 10) how much was saved by switching off the lights at midnight in Epping Forest be because it is a cover for the real increase in council tax this year?

Tackle unnecessary street clutter

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:05am Monday 14th April 2014

Street clutter such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs (A-Boards) and pavement cafe furniture can obstruct and hamper a person's progress on the street.

Survey says majority want to leave Europe

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:03am Monday 14th April 2014

A ballot carried out by a Kent Conservative MP in March found that more than 80 per cent of respondents would like the UK to leave the European Union.

What are real benefits of recycling?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:00am Monday 14th April 2014

In the 70s I can remember watching the TV programme Tomorrow's World. Raymond Baxter the then presenter told us that approximately 70 per cent of our rubbish could be recycled. That thought never left me. During the late 80s? Certainly well before the introduction of door to door collections I would deliver my recycling to what few recycling centres there were. Now with the brown and green wheelie bins I'm saved the need to deliver my recycling.

Where is support for market traders?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:56am Monday 14th April 2014

As a trader of some 38 years on Epping market, I would like to address some of the issues mentioned by John Buckmaster in his letter of the week (April 3).

Speaking Out: Salma Choudhury

11:34am Thursday 10th April 2014

Salma Choudhury of Victor Michael estate agents is speaking out about a potential move to introduce compulsory landlord licensing to Waltham Forest.

Speaking Out - Jill Hope

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Speaking Out - Jill Hope

4:49pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Jill Hope, Secretary of The Ongar Club for the Handicapped, speaks out against pavement parking in Ongar.

In dark over plans for cycling sprint

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Nutrition expert Verner Wheelock says sugar is a bigger concern than saturated fat

9:01am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Epping on a Monday has no parking places and the High Street traffic crawls along the road past Epping Forest District Council offices’ clean windows.

Spitting facts need clearing up

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:56am Monday 7th April 2014

It was good to read that Redbridge are looking to follow our lead in seeking to introduce a ban on spitting. While they have chosen the bylaw route, I nevertheless applaud the fact they are addressing this disgusting habit and feel confident that they will find they have the same high levels of support from their residents as we do.

Age is no barrier

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:43am Monday 7th April 2014

I would like to thank everyone involved with the Loughton Fun Run for waiting for my dad, Lloyd Griffiths, myself and Linus the poodle to reach the Finish line. Dad was born in Loughton in 1923 and wonders if, next year, we might have a head start as, dad is quick to point out, I will be a year older!

Pollution: drunk in charge at the wheel

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:40am Monday 7th April 2014

What a very strange country this one is. When it comes to matters of public health and climate it is as though we have a drunk permanently in charge at the wheel.

Tour will through in 20 minutes

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:39am Monday 7th April 2014

It is understandable the stallholders being up in arms about the Monday market in Epping being cancelled on the day the Tour de France passes through the town.

Still in the dark

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:37am Monday 7th April 2014

I recently asked Essex County Council how much would be saved from switching the lights off in Epping Forest.

Lack of debate on need for homes

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:36am Monday 7th April 2014

I’m concerned about the lack of serious local debate on the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.

Speaking Out - Alan Haymes

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Alan Haymes is calling for Redbridge council to launch an investigation into Redbridge Roundabout

3:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

Alan Haymes is a member of Redbridge Roundabout Action Group, who recently started a petition urging Redbridge council to install traffic lights and conduct an investigation into Redbridge Roundabout.

Spin and half-truths from a Labour council

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

9:35am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Labour are at it again. Twisting the facts and telling half-truths.

Speaking Out: Nancy Taffe on council housing shortage

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Nancy Taffe is a member of Waltham Forest's Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

4:02pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Nancy Taffe, a member of Waltham Forest's Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is speaking out about the lack of council housing in the borough.

Speaking Out: John Filby

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: John Filby

2:53pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

John Filby calls foul on dog owners who don't pick up after their pets

Vaccine a huge step forwards

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:06am Tuesday 1st April 2014

I wish to thank everyone for uniting behind Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! campaign to get the UK’s first lifesaving meningitis B vaccine free to all babies on the NHS, subject to price negotiations.

Banks should stop funding fossil energy

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:01am Tuesday 1st April 2014

The soaring price of energy is affecting everyone and the hardest hit are the poorest, who cannot afford to turn on the heating.

The story of a forgotten lamp

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:44am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Lamp Column Three lives in Rayfield, Epping.

Cut out free lunches to save cash

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:37am Monday 31st March 2014

The recent announcement that a number of school control crossings are to face the chop, as Essex County Council makes cuts to front line services, is starting to paint a disturbing picture. The cuts come from on high, from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government, and Essex have so far decided to hit mainly services affecting young families and young people. It is these people who cannot vote, or are least likely to vote.

Context is key to translation

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:24am Monday 31st March 2014

Anne Sachs' comments reveal her confusion about the Godhead. I am relieved that she accepts that Elohim is a masculine plural noun. The context always determines how it is translated. So, when the true God (in the Hebrew Bible, the God of Israel) is referred to, the word is translated God in English. When it is used of pagan gods, it is then translated as gods in the plural, using a lower case "g". Any study of the Bible shows that God is referred to as male.

Lame excuses from market stall holders

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:20am Monday 31st March 2014

In late February it was reported that the Monday market was to be cancelled on the day the Tour de France comes to Epping, and that the stallholders were unhappy about this decision. We will be in the national and international spotlight on that day, and I could see the importance of demonstrating to both the media and the thousands of visitors viewing the Tour that Epping is a vibrant market town with determination to overcome any local difficulties.

So much for health and safety

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:18am Monday 31st March 2014

What a thoughtless decision it was to turn off the street lights in Epping at midnight. Two weeks ago, I came out of Epping station and tried to get a taxi from there to my house, but there was a 40-minute wait, so I decided to walk. I was extremely nervous at having to walk home in the pitch dark, a journey of just over 10 minutes, and councillors need to remember that the tubes run well past midnight; street lights should at least be left on until the last tube has arrived at the station.

Not all is bad at under fire nursing home

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:17am Monday 31st March 2014

The last three editions of your newspaper have carried articles criticising Queens Court Nursing Home, Buckhurst Hill in respect of failures identified by the Care Quality Commission. Clearly these must be taken seriously and I understand that the owners, Ranc Care Homes Ltd., are working diligently to resolve these failures.

Researching great grandfather

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:15am Monday 31st March 2014

I am researching the life of my elusive great grandfather. I believe he was called John Fowler and lived at 63 Bemsted Road, Walthamstow from before the First World War until he died aged over 90 by being run over while walking his dog, Turpin, possibly in 1943.

Desperate need for family health centre

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

11:09am Monday 31st March 2014

There is an increased demand in health and dental care from new homes. Our local GP heath clinics in Sinnot Road, Claremont and Higham Hill Road are seriously over subscribed.

Bob Crow would have applauded teachers

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:51am Monday 31st March 2014

The action of the teachers going on strike came at a timely moment, just two days after the funeral of RMT leader Bob Crow. He would have approved.

Why do cyclists take the train?

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:50am Monday 31st March 2014

I have nothing against cyclists. Some of my best friends are cyclists.

Air rifle killed my cat

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:48am Monday 31st March 2014

I live in Walthamstow in a terraced street which backs onto a similar one – each house having a small rear garden of 30 square metres approximately in area.

Green and pleasant Wanstead

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:44am Monday 31st March 2014

I would like to pay tribute to the London Borough of Redbridge, and in particular their parks department, for the manner in which they have responded to the destruction of a 'tree of remembrance' planted on Christchurch Green, Wanstead, featured in the Guardian in January. 

Volunteers cost workers jobs

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:40am Monday 31st March 2014

I read with interest the article about South Chingford Volunteer Library which may have to close due to lack of funds and I feel so strongly about this issue that I felt compelled to comment.

Speaking Out: Katy Andrews on privatisation of Lee Valley parkland

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Speaking Out: Katy Andrews on privatisation of Lee Valley parkland

9:34am Monday 31st March 2014

Katy Andrews is an environmental activist in Waltham Forest

Speaking Out - Gary Wiggins

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Gary Wiggins wants more to be done by councils and the government for disabled people on public transport

3:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

Gary Wiggins, of Redbridge Transport Action Group, is blind and he believes disabled people are neglected and councils cut funding for them despite their difficulties.

Speaking Out: Helen Coughlan

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Helen Coughlan is speaking out against lenient planning procedures implemented by the council

1:14pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

Helen Coughlan is involved in a long-standing dispute with her neighbour over an illegal extension that has damaged her home.

Kindness of town shown in a crisis

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

12:37pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

It’s normally only when you are in crisis that you discover true friendship.

Speaking Out: Helen Kane on Waltham Abbey Town Partnership

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Helen Kane

12:33pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

Helen Kane talks about the event and initiatives helping Waltham Abbey

Freedom Passes must be maintained for elderly

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

10:20am Tuesday 25th March 2014

Residents in Higham Hill are asking that their access remains guaranteed to all forms of local public transport with universal Freedom Passes in their golden years. 

A&E care was of highest order

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

4:05pm Monday 24th March 2014

Congratulations to Princess Alexandra's A & E department. My wife had a fall recently and fractured her arm, we attended A & E and the treatment and care was of the highest order - my wife was seen very quickly.

Hospitals need saving and support

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Support campaign to update law

3:45pm Monday 24th March 2014

Having heard Cllr Fairley-Churchill tell the last council meeting that King George and Queen’s are the worst and second worst hospitals, in the country I would like to set the record straight.






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