Message from John Cryer MP

Aircraft Noise

Aircraft Noise

Only two weeks remaining to join my aircraft noise campaign!

There is only a fortnight left to show your support for my aircraft noise campaign.

For the last twelve months residents in Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead and Snaresbrook, plus other areas of East London, have been suffering under a new narrower, concentrated flight path serving London City Airport.

Nobody is saying that our area should be exempt from being overflown. Yet it is simply unfair that the residents under this path must put up with such a disproportionate share of the noise and pollution that air traffic brings.

Next month the Civil Aviation Authority and City Airport are getting together to look again at flight paths, so now is the time to show them how we feel. During the week beginning 6th February I will be hand-delivering my petition to City Airport.

I have been contacting homes directly under the flight paths and petition cards are still being sent out. The response so far has been terrific, but we need more names to make the strongest possible statement.

 My petition says:

“I/we urgently call on City Airport and the CAA to review the flights over Waltham Forest and Redbridge and to devise a fairer solution”

If you would like to add your name to this petition, please email , with your name and address, and “AIRCRAFT NOISE” in the subject heading, without delay. If you use social media, by all means use it to share the campaign, and ask your friends and relatives to do the same.

Thanks for your support,

John Cryer MP

Changes to Junction of Kingswood Rd/Gainsborough/Grove Green Roads

As part of the Mini Holland scheme many changes have been made to roads and junctions across the borough with the aim of promoting walking, cycling, healthier living and reducing pollution. 

There are strong feelings among local residents about the scheme as roads are regularly grid locked and pollution is amongst the highest in the country. However, some of the changes do not simply slow traffic down but, we believe, increase the danger of accidents.   One example of this is the junction of Kingswood Road with Gainsborough/Grove Green Road. Here the new Mini Holland style junction has resulted in the introduction of a new bottleneck in traffic flow as vehicles cannot pass in both directions at once. The geometry of the junction is such that to turn left from Kingswood Road onto Gainsborough Road requires that you enter the oncoming lane. i.e. you have to enter the oncoming lane in order to enter the road, and vehicles turning left into Kingswood road are mounting the kerb when there is traffic queuing in the junction.

Dangerous Mini Holland Junction

Dangerous Mini Holland Junction

Clearly the Mini Holland scheme is new and will inevitably be a learning process but there is a strong feeling among local residents that  this particular junction is dangerous and will result in death or serious injury if it is not remodelled soon. FORA members have written to the council and local councillors but have been told this will be assessed in due course. We believe this dangerous junction should be reviewed as a matter of urgency before anyone is hurt.

News From Nowhere Club FREE Talk – Sat. February 11th 2017 @The Epicentre E11 4LJ

More Anglican than Anarchist: Christian Socialism and the Labour Movement

Speaker: Canon Steven Saxby : Waltham Forest’s very own Red Vicar will speak on the role Christians, including Anglicans, played in the formation of the Labour movement and the Labour Party. The Church Social Union, the Guild of St Matthew and the Church Socialist League all made important contributions to Labour. Stewart Headlam and Conrad Noel, notorious radical clerics, were leaders of a movement which challenged the Church and challenged the Party and was hugely

Steven Saxby

Steven Saxby

important to George Lansbury, sometime Labour leader. With reference to how the churches related to other Labour strands, including those inspired by William Morris, Canon Saxby will consider how the churches helped transform the UK at the turn of the last century and how they might again contribute to the social movement politics required to bring real change to Britain today.

Founded in 1996, the News from Nowhere Club challenges the commercialisation and isolation of modern life.
Meetings are monthly on Saturday evenings.

At the Epicentre, West Street, Leytonstone E11 4LJ

7.30pm Buffet (please bring something if you can)
8.00pm Talk & discussion till 10pm & back to buffet 
Travel and Access
• Stratford stations & 257 bus
• Leytonstone tube (exit left) & 257/W14 bus
• Overground: Leytonstone High Road, turn right, short walk (from about Feb 2017 – best to check)
• Disabled access
• Car park / Bikes can be brought in
• Quiet children welcome.
• Phone to confirm the talk will be as shown
• Meetings open to all – just turn up
• Enquiries 020-8555-5248
Free entry: voluntary donations welcome

New Years Day Walk – Hollow Ponds

New Years Day short Traditional Walkabout
with FORA , other residents associations and Waltham Forest community members.
Please feel free to join us for section of the route or any length of time you can spare. Come rain . blow or shine 🙂
Contact ETC. # 079-0432-3198 or
Walk hash tag #forany17

13:45-15:30 Sunday 1st January 2017 Assembly and end point : Diagonally across the road from the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel ; by the bench to the LEFT of the Lakeside Diner (when FACING the ponds )


FORA members visit Vestry House Museum and Borough Archives


Vestry House Museum Visit on Sunday 20th November 2016

Golden leaved autumn is a fabulous time to be in ye olde Walthamstow Village by St Mary’s Church. The museum nearby showcases the rich tapestry of Waltham Forest’s heritage  It has been at various times over the centuries, the parish workhouse, a police station and a private home. FORA members were fortunate enough to be treated with an in depth tour courtesy of the delightfully engaging Susan Roberts . Our thanks to her and Gary Heales, Assistant Curator of the VHM for being so gracious and accommodating as were the volunteers 

Highlights : Themed displays capturing the unique heritage of the local area , including the famous Bremer Car, a Victorian parlour, costume gallery and wonderful display of locally manufactured toys and games as also a chance to have a gander at some of the photo archives .A collection of 80,000 historic photographs from across the Borough is accessible to everyone by appointment. As always volunteers are much in demand so do feel free to get in touch. Entry is free with donations appreciated 

Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow, E17 9NH (T) 020 8496 439

FREE FORA Friends and families social evening

After the fantastic turnout at our AGM we have decided to hold a friends and families evening where again Shah’s Star of India will handle the catering. This event will give you a chance to AGM2meet other members and neighbours and discuss local issues. We welcome any non members to attend. Anyone joining FORA on the night will get a full refund of the £5 entrance fee. This event is free to existing FORA members.  Please let our Chair, Vaseem Gill, know in advance if you would like to attend via email: or Phone: 07980 718988


6pm Saturday 3rd December 2016 St Andrew’s Church Community Hall, 153 Colworth Road, E11 1JD 


New Planning Applications and Conservation

A number of planning applications which, in our view, contravene the conservation status of Upper Leytonstone have been observed recently.  Forest Residents Association remains determined and committed to protecting the special character of the area. There is a shortage of family sized housing in the borough and Leytonstone has a good stock of these houses. FORA would like to see Waltham Forest Council and Historic England uphold the conservation  order by:-

  • preventing housing being turned over to short term and or multiple occupancy
  • ensuring that listed properties are suitably maintained and protected
  • upholding the conservation order
  • supporting our community by encouraging longer term family occupancy in family housing

See here for a previous FORA post on planning

If you would like more information on these matters please get in touch

Leytonstone Residents let down by politicians over decision to allow continued expansion of City Airport

At a recent FORA committee meeting anger and disappointment from local residents was sadly noted as ministers gave the green light for the latest set of expansion proposals for London City Airport. See the following article in The Guardian

Since the concentration of City Airport flight paths directly over Leytonstone aircraft noise has significantly reduced the quality of life of people living in East London. The further increases agreed in July will only make the problem worse.

Anti airport expansion campaigners have made the following points:-

  • Airports should not be based in cities
  • Aircraft noise pollution has serious negative health effects
  • Aircraft particle emissions are harmful to human health
  • Increased air travel is not environmentally sustainable
  • Our country needs a strategic transport strategy written by a responsible government able to think ahead

For more information on the impact of aircraft noise on human health see some recent research from Professor Stephen Stansfeld from Queen Mary College University of London

If you would like to find out more or join the campaign to stop the growth of airports in cities see the following links

If you do not live under one of London City Airport’s flight paths and want to know what it is like see the following video we made in May 2016.



FORA enjoys drinks on the terrace at Westminster

Inside Westminster

Inside Westminster

On 6th July 2016 FORA members were treated to a historical tour of the Houses of Parliament by the highly entertaining Leyton & Wanstead MP John Cryer. Alongside the 900 year history of the building John explained the workings of parliament from the point of view of a current Member of Parliament. John is also chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, a role which has been not been without challenges of late. So it was very interesting for FORA members to hear of the mood at Westminster during this historic last 10 days in British politics.


John explains the story of Emily Wilding Davison

John explains the story of Emily Wilding Davison





As the weather was warm we took the opportunity to have a drink and chat on the terrace bar from which there are wonderful views across the river Thames. All members who took part expressed their gratitude for an excellent event.

Riverside Terrace Westminster

Riverside Terrace Westminster


FORA would like to express appreciation to John Cryer MP for giving us such an informative and lively tour of the seat of government during what has been a very busy time for him. For a write up of a previous tour given to FORA members by John see here.