Gainsborough - Grove Green - Kingswood Roads

Successful FORA Campaign

In 2015 London Borough Waltham Forest along with two other London boroughs were awarded 30 million pounds to pilot improved cycling infrastructure across the borough. Some of the changes have been more successful than others. One particular junction which is where Gainsborough/Grove Green/Kingswood Roads meet has been of particular concern. This junction, following redesign during the Mini Holland cycle scheme, became dangerous as cars could not turn left from Kingswood Road onto Gainsborough Road without entering the oncoming lane. We are very pleased than Waltham Forest Council has responded to residents concerns and improved the junction layout so that vehicles can now turn left safely. This is another successful FORA led campaign so well done to all who participated. FORA very much welcomes this spirit of consultation and communication between residents and Waltham Forest Council.

As you can see from this video cars are now able to turn left without entering the oncoming lane.

Thank you to Laura O’Callaghan from East London Guardian 

Adieu Roy Merrell

On a quintessentially rainy autumn English day , Roy Merrell’s funeral took place at The East London Crematorium. The funeral chapel service was conducted beautifully by Fr Paul Kennington, Vicar of St Andrew’s Church , Leytonstone 


In abundant attendance were a diverse group of family , friends and folks whose lives he had touched , influenced or mentored in so many ways. 

My interaction with him were both online and offline via social media and such . Much was discussed ,often differed amicably upon but always of calibre and thoughtfulness redolent

He was a long standing member of our FORA and wider community .Sadly the dates we had bandied about for me to go and visit him in his last weeks did not work out mutually and then it was too late .. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that …

He passed peacefully with his family around on the 14th of October 2017 .

He did not suffer fools gladly but kindness and thoughtfulness were the signature of this scholar and gentleman .

It is remarkable that one of the things he took pains to mention even in his last days , were ‘Don”t forget to ring Tony’ (myself )

Roy Merrell , you shall be missed , your legacy lives on

In deepest empathy with the Merrell family and clan

A.Anthony(Tony) FERNANDES

Deputy Chair FORA

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FORA visit to Lea Marshes

On a beautiful autumn afternoon FORA members were treated to an informal guided walk to Lea Marshes. Our three experts chipped in with insights into different aspects of the marsh lands which adjoin the river. Claire Weiss, John Rogers and David Boote led us on a journey through time and space as we explored human activities in the Lea Valley from pre-history to the present. The Lea was an important route for people in prehistoric times as well as roman, medieval and the modern era.  The talks ranged from Viking river boats to the struggles of A. V. Roe, a pioneer of aircraft design who used the marshes for experimental flights from 1909. 

The  growth of suburban London in the late Victorian era led to a renewed importance for the marsh lands. Being a floodplain the land retained much of it’s natural heritage in both animal and plant life. It also became increasingly important to the growing urban population as an open space offering an antidote to the urban sprawl. Local people have fought over generations to retain the marshlands for public enjoyment in the face of waves of developers seeking to encroach upon the land for profit. This struggle continues to this day and several areas of marsh are currently under threat of development.      

If you would like to find out more see:-

David Boote Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society and Waltham Forest Walks

Claire Weiss Save Lea Marsh

John Rogers The Lost Byway

Lea Marshes

Viking Riverboat Waterworks Nature Reserve

Lea Valley Park – Nature Reserves and Open Spaces


FORA members out planting bulbs

Blooming Leytonstone

Planting bulbs in Dyson Road

As part of our mission to enhance and enjoy Leytonstone, FORA members have been out participating in the Borough wide Big Bulb Weekend. Fladgate, Dyson and Poppleton Roads in Leytonstone were targeted by local residents who planted a variety of spring flowers including White Narcissus, Crocuses and the early flowering Snowdrop. Bulbs were planted around the base of street trees and will, hopefully appear next spring. So look out for a little extra colour in our community. London Borough of Waltham Forest has given bulbs out to local groups to help brighten up our streets. See Blooming Marvelous to find out more. 



Looking down Kingswood Road

Dangerous Leytonstone Junction reported on by Waltham Forest Guardian

By Laura O’Callaghan Reporter for East London Guardian Phone: 07824530130

Drivers who use a junction which was altered by the council to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians say it’s an “accident waiting to happen”.

Waltham Forest Council introduced a blended ‘Copenhagen’ crossing at the junction of Kingswood Road and Grove Green Road, Leytonstone earlier this year.

Neighbours say due to the narrowness of the junction, they are forced to either mount the pavement when turning left onto Grove Green Road, or drive onto the path of oncoming traffic.

Although the aim of the Copenhagen crossing is to slow cars down, residents say its poor design has made the junction into a hazard for walkers and drivers alike.

Everald Campbell, 60, of Poppleton Road said: “When I’m turning I either have to come so close to the kerb that I’m on the pavement or go onto the opposite side of the road.

“These are two terrible options and you don’t have a safe way in turning left.

“The traffic on the opposite side of the road comes around the bend at speed and if you’re only a second out it can cause an accident. I’m extremely concerned about it.”

Read the full article here 

Read a previous blog post on this topic here 

Residents meet LBWF Housing Officers over future use of Wardley Lodge

Wardley Lodge, Preston Road

Wardley Lodge

On the evening of 18th September 2017 FORA (Forest Residents Association) members met with London Borough of Waltham Forest Housing Officers to discuss future use of Wardley Lodge 63 Preston Road, Leytonstone, E11 1RB.

In the past Wardley Lodge was run by East Thames Housing Association who provided accommodation for people with alcohol dependency issues. While local residents sympathise with people suffering from alcohol and related issues a number of concerns were expressed over the management of some of the tenants. Local residents observed drug dealing, anti-social behaviour, threatening behaviour, begging, and jaywalking. The police were often called and there were times when the management of the tenants appeared to be lacking.

FORA met with Christine Ogbonda (Head of Temporary Accommodation) and her staff at Wardley Lodge to find out future plans for the facility. Christine shared the following information:

• The facility has been leased to LBWF for 15 years from East Thames Housing Association
• It will be managed directly by LBWF
• Wardley Lodge has been refurbished to provide 23 single room units with communal areas such as kitchens and playrooms for children
• The aim is to provide medium to long term accommodation for homeless people
• Likely residents will be single parent families, older people or people escaping domestic violence
• The Council is only able to house those with the very highest need from the waiting list
• Residents have contractual obligations to abide by the law and housing rules
• Those who do not comply will be given three warnings and then their tenancy will be terminated

Christine is available to discuss any issues local residents experience and has passed her contact details on to FORA. She is committed to ensuring Wardley Lodge is well managed and does not adversely impact upon the lives of people living in the area. 

To help the new tenants of Wardley Lodge become integrated into the local community it was suggested to Christine that a list be compiled of local groups such as Doctors, Churches, Nurseries etc. A good place to start might be the FORA website where there is a page listing local groups and services

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Colworth Road Area CPZ Consultation Result

Waltham Forest Council carried out a consultation over the implementation of a CPZ (controlled Parking Zone) in the streets around Colworth Road Leytonstone E11. On 15th September residents were sent a letter with the results of the consultation. (see below).

Overall residents rejected the implementation of a CPZ  in the area (40% for 60% against) however there were considerable variations in different roads. Some roads voting, albeit from low response rates, in favour by 100%.    

The council has decided, in the light of these results, to implement a CPZ in part of the area. 

Points for consideration

  • Clearly some roads have greater parking pressure than others. 
  • The council makes considerable money from parking and has aggressively pushed CPZs across the borough
  • This is the second time residents have rejected a CPZ in Upper Leytonstone
  • Once implemented residents have little power to stop councils increasing residents parking permit fees above inflation
  • Non car users will affected too. They will have to buy books of parking tickets if they have family or trades people who might visit them
  • Implementing the CPZ partially will place greater pressure on those roads who have voted against the scheme
  • Having a parking permit does not guarantee you a place to park in your own road
  • Visitors to the hospital park in local roads outside the hours of the proposed parking restrictions
  • Implementing a CPZ encourages other areas to adopt CPZs so that over time the majority of roads in the country will have a CPZ.  You may therefore find it difficult and expensive to use your car to visit relatives and friends elsewhere
  • The introduction of CPZs is part of the wider council policy to reduce car use
  • Air pollution is a major problem in London and the south east
  • Most car journeys are short (average 0.75 mile)
  • Walking and cycling are better for the environment, your health and the health of others

Please let us know your thoughts on the council proposals to partially implement a CPZ in the area by commenting below or getting in touch via

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CPZ Letter Page 1

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CPZ letter Page 2

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Proposed CPZ Charges

Council seeks to implement a CPZ in Upper Leytonstone for second time

London Borough of Waltham Forest seeks consultation to implement a controlled parking zone in the streets around Colworth Road E11 after residents rejected a CPZ in the area following the 2012 Olympic Games.  

You can find the consultation document via the following link:- 

Please note the council have given only two weeks notice for residents to consider and respond to the consultation. The deadline for response is 30th June 2017.  

Please comment below or let FORA know your views via 

Questions to consider:-

  • Will the charges go up each year?
  • Will non car owners incur extra charges to allow friends, relatives, contractors to visit them?
  • Will car owners be guaranteed a parking space?
  • What if car owners cannot park in their designated zone? 
Aircraft Noise

Airspaces Consultation – A further update by John Cryer MP

Many of you have been in touch since I sent out my email (which is below) about the complexity of the forms on the consultation website.
My team and I have looked over the consultation as well as speaking to HACANEast (who along with local Councillors have been a key ally in our campaign with City Airport).
I have a series of suggested points you might like to raise in your responses to the consultation. They are not exhaustive, and you may wish to raise others and your own experiences of noise what it means for your sleep patterns and health. Noise is a big contributory factor to things such as high blood pressure and stroke. Recently links have also been looked at between noise factors and dementia. You might also mention the effect upon the enjoyment of your home and air pollution from flights over the local area.
There is no need to fill in the online consultation. Better to send your own email to or write to
This is an important consultation document because it is making useful proposals that would ensure that the way residents were treated when London City concentrated its flight paths will not be repeated.
Chapter 4
Modernizing Airspace: the procedures to be followed
 The introduction of brand-new flight paths
Many residents in the area are the victims of the inadequate procedures that were in place when London City introduced its concentrated flight paths last year.  The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has improved its procedures since then.  But, even under its new procedures, there is no appeal for residents if they do not like the new flights.  So you could say you agree with the proposal for the Secretary of State for Transport to be able to ‘call-in’ a flight path decision to look at it again.  But the consultation document suggests that call-in function should just apply to the bigger airports.  You might want to stress it is essential it applies to smaller airport like London City as well.
Chapter 4 also goes into proposed changes on Compensation
These not only include infrastructure, (such a runways) but also overflights!
Change the policy wording to remove the word ‘development’ in terms of when financial assistance towards insulation is expected so that compensation is applicable regardless of the type of change (infrastructure or airspace change);
Change the policy wording to allow for financial assistance towards insulation in the 63dB LAeq level or above to be applicable regardless of the level of change that causes a property to be in that noise contour level (i.e. remove requirement for a minimum 3dB change);
Inclusion of additional wording in the policy to encourage an airspace change promoter to consider compensation for significantly increased overflight as a result of the change based on appropriate metrics, which could be decided upon according to the local circumstances and economics of the change proposal; and
Include a requirement of an offer of full insulation to be paid for by the airport for homes within the 69dB LAeq or more contour, where the home owners do not want to move
They could always go further, you could however respond and welcome these proposed changes to financial compensation.

Chapter 5
Making Transparent Airspace Change Decisions
Respite, Concentration, Dispersal
Over the last decade noise from City Airport has caused problems but they were mainly limited to areas up to about 4-5 miles from the airport.  That all changed with the introduction of the concentrated flight paths when complaints started to come in from places 10 miles from the airport. 
You might want to welcome the importance put on respite in the consultation document.  You might want to suggest that City Airport is required to look at its concentrated routes again and see how it can offer some respite from the noise.
Metrics are how aircraft noise is measured.  The consultation is proposing improved metrics.  At the moment the Government only recognizes noise as being a serious problem to people very close to the airport.  This because it says that only when noise averages out over the year at 57 decibels is it a problem for people. 
The consultation is proposing to lower that limit to 51 decibels which is much better.  It still doesn’t cover everybody impacted by the noise but it is a big improvement.
Stipulating the 57dB LAeq contour as ‘the onset of community annoyance’ has caused deep-seated problems at London City Airport. 
Chapter 6
The Independent Noise Authority (ICCAN)
In East London in particular there is a deep sense amongst many residents and local authorities of being treated unfairly by London City Airport over many years. Residents would have welcomed an Independent Noise Authority to ensure fair play between them, the airport and Newham Council (the Planning Authority) as I imagine would residents further away in Waltham Forest and Redbridge. 
It is important that the Independent Noise Authority (ICCAN) that the consultation document proposes setting up is truly independent, has an Ombudsman-type role where it can investigate concerns of local communities and that it has enough “teeth” to ensure its recommendations stick.
There is no need to fill in the online consultation. Better to send your own email to or write to Freepost UK AIRSPACE POLICY CONSULTATION.
You can answer online. However as I said at the beginning of this email and above. You could always email or write to them and make some of the points above, as well as sharing with them your experiences/concerns of living below the London City Airport and Heathrow flightpaths.
The deadline for the close of the consultation is 25th May.
If some of these proposals are taken up – such as compensation, I shall be looking to raise this with Ministers as to whether any residents of Leyton and Wanstead could be recipients.
Yours sincerely
John Cryer MP