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 https://forestresidents.org/useful-links/local-services-and-groups

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 info.fora@hotmail.com

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CPZ Letter Page 1

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CPZ letter Page 2

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CPZ letter page 3

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