Commitment: Supporting our schools and colleges to provide top quality education and training across the borough
Our schools are now above national average in all key stages. By working with education providers we are investing in our schools and colleges to give our children and young people the skills required and the best chance for a bright future.
Commitment: Actively promoting a borough wide ‘spend local’ campaign to keep wealth in our borough and support local businesses
We’re continuing to encourage residents to spend locally on our high streets and support local, independent shops and companies in the borough. Over the coming years we will continue to champion local spending and drive economic growth in Waltham Forest through promoting local business.
Commitment: Working to improve our town centres so that they have the quality mix of shops and services that you want
We have successfully secured £500,000 for a new programme of high street improvements in South Leytonstone and secured £100,000 to help the Neighbourhood Forum in Higham’s Park start an improvement programme.
Commitment: Providing an investment fund for local businesses and services in our town centres
As we continue to focus on helping to build a strong local economy and improving our town centres, we will look for funding channels to help local companies grow and thrive.
Priority: Support affordable housing for everyone's needs Click to get info
Commitment: Delivering a private sector landlord licensing scheme which benefits tenants by improving standards and makes the area better for those who live around them
Launching later this year, the Private Rented Property Licensing scheme will benefit tenants by helping to reduce anti-social behaviour whilst aiming to improve housing standards within the private rental market.
This compulsory scheme will require landlords (or those working on their behalf) to apply for a licence for each privately rented property they own.
Commitment: Building new council homes for Waltham Forest residents in work
As a top concern for Waltham Forest, we are committed to building new housing for residents in work and for the first time in generations will be building a significant number of these homes ourselves.
Commitment: Encouraging new houses to be built where they can deliver prosperous communities with access to the local services and infrastructure they need
Some 8,000 new homes are planned over the next five years, half of which will be affordable. Whilst we will be building homes ourselves, we will continue to work with developers to ensure they too contribute the right type of housing.
Our commitment is to create sustainable and thriving communities. To d this we must make sure that all essential social and transport infrastructure is in place as new homes are built.
We are setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to build more homes and retain greater control over properties built by constructing them on land that we own. We have also submitted a proposal to the Mayor of London for a new Housing Zone in the Blackhorse Lane area.
Commitment: Building more specialist houses which allow older residents to stay in a home of their own with the support they need to be independent
Further to the completion of a development in Flaxen Road, Verdon Roe Court is scheduled to open this summer. There will be 37 one bed apartments providing 24-hour on-site personal support for residents who need extra care or some form of day-to-day help. A wide range of communal facilities and activities will also be offered.
Priority: Help all of our residents enjoy a good quality of life Click to get info
Commitment: Freezing Council Tax until at least 2016 and continuing to fund the freedom pass scheme
As we know that families are struggling with increasing living costs we will again be freezing council tax in 2015-2016, for the sixth year running
Commitment: Providing young and older residents with a range of activities and support such as free swimming, holiday clubs and Christmas lunches
A range of activities are available to those under 18 and over 60 including half-term and Summer holiday activities and film clubs at libraries, free swimming at all leisure centres, tea dances, senior citizens Christmas
Commitment: Supporting an extensive arts and events programme for everyone, via the Council and in the community
Our year-round, free to attend events programme attracts thousands of local residents plus visitors from further afield. This year’s events include the Big Weekenders in Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford, cultural celebrations, Walthamstow Garden Party, 5 November Fireworks and more.
Plus there is also free access to the William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum offering activities for all ages. A new outreach programme for older residents across the borough will also be introduced this year.
Commitment: Maintaining high quality parks, green spaces and affordable, modern leisure centres
Twelve play areas and six open spaces in the borough are set to be improved through a £1million investment. These include the refurbishment of a skate park in Leytonstone, the installation of a new artificial play surface in Highams Park, and the refurbishment of an outdoor gym in Chingford.