People will need to get a ticket in order to vote on the final look of Walthamstow High Street – and only a limited number are available.

Waltham Forest Borough Council launched a design competition for people to come up with ideas for the Rosebank Villas route through to Walthamstow High Street, which closed in August.

Now, it has shortlisted six designs, but only those who have tickets to the HighTide public pitch event at 6pm on Sunday September 16 will be able to vote for the final design.

Tickets to the event are free, but are limited.

Campaigner Nancy Taaffe has been challenging the council over its public consultation processes for larger projects in the borough, including the redevelopment of Walthamstow Mall.

She said: “There is a long standing issue in this area with a lack of public consultation.

“There is a lack of accountability with this council, a lack of open democracy and of transparency.

“I would be in favour of opening up a genuine vote, the council has churned up huge suspicion with its lack of democratic process.

“With all this effort it goes to, the council might as well have a public vote to save the backlash it gets from agreeing to votes like this.”

The winner of the limited vote will be announced on Monday October 1 and work on the area will start that month and continue until December this year.

To try and get one of the “limited spaces still available to vote on the future look of Walthamstow High Street,” click here.

Cllr Simon Miller, cabinet member for economic growth and high streets, said: “The aim of Sunday’s event is to give local people an opportunity to listen to the presentations from six shortlisted designers and to then let us know which is their preferred option. This is part of our commitment to encourage residents to get involved in projects in the borough.

“Those attending will be able to hear direct from the competition participants about their approach and initial proposals and how they respond to local context and contribute to Walthamstow Town Centre. This is the first time we have held such an event and we are keen to see the response received from residents who do attend.

“The High Tide venue is being used as it is close to Rosebank Villas, where the work will take place. Free tickets have been issued and there are still tickets available to book. This event has been widely publicised.

“It is one part of the process which will inform the choice of winning design, alongside the practical and financial aspects of delivering the project. The winner is due to be announced by Monday October 1 2018.

“We are continually looking at different ways to engage with residents so they can express their views and preferences on regeneration projects in the future.”