Last updated: 12 April 2023
Next review: 8 March 2024
We have launched our new neighbourhoods approach, setting out a new vision for residents, councillors and staff that proudly celebrates our local neighbourhoods. We’re bringing support services closer to resident’s homes, making Waltham Forest a more inclusive and accessible place for everyone.
This new approach focuses on our 15-Minute Neighbourhoods model and is our response to the challenging times we are all facing. We want our communities to be more empowered, to lead and self-organise, and have the confidence to make the positive change they want to see.
To keep up to date with our new programme, sign up to our newsletter
15 minute neighbourhoods
15-Minute Neighbourhoods are places where people can easily reach most, if not all, of the facilities, experiences and activities they need daily, within a short walk, wheel, or cycle from home. We believe 15-Minute Neighbourhoods will lead to healthier, happier and fairer communities.
Local people know their neighbourhoods best and we want everyone to have more of a say over the places in which they live and the services they use. Over the last year, we have spoken with thousands of residents from across the borough, listening to and understanding diverse experiences, and exploring people’s desires for 15-Minute Neighbourhoods.
We will build a fairer and more equal borough with 15-Minute Neighbourhoods at the heart of our work – and everybody has a part to play.
Our new neighbourhoods approach focuses on three core themes:
Everyone taking part and fulfilling their potential
Everyone benefitting from shared prosperity
Shaping the borough together
To achieve this, we will be focusing on four key areas:
Making streets safer
Working in partnership with Waltham Forest Metropolitan Police teams, we will create more welcoming and safer neighbourhoods for residents. This work includes pop up police stations and empowering residents to report anti-social behaviour and crime in their local neighbourhoods.
Becoming net-zero by 2030
We want to achieve our climate action plan and make Waltham Forest a greener, more sustainable borough. Part of this has involved helping residents reduce their energy bills and making their homes more energy efficient.
Launching a new Family Hubs programme
Our new Family Hubs programme will bring accessible support services to families close to home. This will include improving the family journey to access services such as family support, wellbeing, health, learning activities, and safe spaces for young people in the borough.
Tackling health inequality
We will work towards the recommendations set out by the Marmot Institute in their recent research project for our borough. We aim to create a fairer and healthier Waltham, closing the gap between the increased 7-year life expectancy in the south of the borough, compared to the north.
To keep up to date with our new programme, sign up to our newsletter.