Adult Learning Services Click to get info
The learning centre buildings will remain closed until September. When we re-open, we will be offering an exciting programme of courses, workshops and online resources. We are currently offering free online courses including improving job skills and employability.
Births, deaths, marriages Click to get info
Our office is resuming some face to face registration services whilst maintain social distancing.
Birth and marriage registration appointments are available at Leytonstone Library and Walthamstow Library - appointments can be booked online. Walthamstow Library is only open for booked appointments.
Deaths or stillbirths must now be registered by phone, please call 0208 496 3708 as residents can no longer book an appointment online.
Children and Family Centres Click to get info
Leyton Children and Family Centre remains open for pre-booked midwife appointments by Homerton Hospital or North Middlesex Hospital, and the domestic abuse ‘one stop shop’ drop-in service is open weekdays 10am to 4pm.
Our Children and Family Centres in Walthamstow and Chingford will open from week commencing 13 July for midwife appointments and pre booked appointments for targeted family support. Leytonstone Children and Family Centre will be closed until September due to works taking place. All Children and Family Centres will continue to provide services remotely to support you and your children in new and creative ways.
Cemeteries and bereavement services Click to get info
Domestic abuse Click to get info
We are continuing to provide a face to face service at the Leyton Children and Family Centre, 215 Queens Road, E17 8PJ, between 10am to 4pm every weekday where you can speak to an advisor whilst social distancing.
In an emergency never hesitate to call 999; if you cannot speak when the call is answered, dial 55 and the operator will transfer call to local police force as an emergency.
All local domestic abuse support services remain fully operational by phone or online support.
Football pitches and basketball courts Click to get info
Basketball and MUGA courts are open.
These will be cleaned regularly, however we would ask that the public follow social distancing, use hand sanitiser or wipes, avoid busy times, and do not use equipment if you, or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, or if you are clinically vulnerable.
Housing Click to get info
Play areas and outdoor gym spaces on our estates are open.
Our housing staff continue to provide advice and support by phone and email.
We are introducing parking restrictions onto our housing estates to make sure emergency vehicles can always get access. We have increased the cleaning regimes in the communal areas across our estates and brought in measures for social distancing in lifts, reception areas and corridors in our blocks.
Work has now restarted on some of our planned works in outdoor and communal areas in some of our estates, including repairs in communal areas where we don’t need to enter residents’ homes. All staff and contractors are following strict protocols to ensure they and our residents remain safe.
Leisure centres Click to get info
Libraries Click to get info
We have begun a phased reopening of our libraries. The first library to open will be Leytonstone Library. Walthamstow Library is being refurbished and only open for registrars booked appointments and book “click and collect”. All other libraries remain closed.
All library users will need to use hand sanitiser prior to entering the library and wipes will be available on entry. Extra cleaning will be undertaken, but we urge visitors to take personal responsibility in wiping down shared equipment.
We will be monitoring capacity, which will be lower than normal, you may be asked to queue outside until it is safe to enter. We hope to open more libraries in due course. Please respect the guidelines, our staff and our buildings so we can continue in opening more libraries to the public.
Markets Click to get info
All Markets are open with social distancing in place.
When visiting our markets please remember to help stop the spread of the virus by following these four simple steps:
- Only one customer will be served at a time
- Do not touch any item you do not intend to buy
- Queue in the designated places and stay two metres apart
- Use contactless payment whenever possible
Market officers will be on duty to help customers and traders keep safe
Parks including outdoor gyms and playgrounds Click to get info
Playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment are now available for general use. These will be cleaned regularly, however we would ask that the public follow social distancing, avoid busy times, and do not use equipment if you, or anyone in your household, has coronavirus symptoms, or if you are clinically vulnerable.
All parks in the borough are open on regular summer opening times. This means all parks will begin closing at 9.30pm and reopen by 9am the following morning.
Tennis courts are currently in use. You can book on Play Tennis Waltham Forest website.
Planning services Click to get info
Planning services is accepting and processing applications.
Face to face and site visits are taking place only in rare circumstances.
When making a request for Householder Pre-application advice, a formal written response is the only option given. Once accepted, a response will be provided within 28 days.
Public Health services Click to get info
Change, Grow, Live offers alcohol and drugs misuse support for Waltham Forest residents.
The service is running but has shifted to telephone-based support and appointments (0203 826 9600).
Stop Smoking Services are continuing to support all patients virtually, via weekly telephone or video call appointments with dedicated specialist stop-smoking practitioners. We are posting any nicotine replacement products to users free of charge.
Sexual health services all walk-in and non-urgent appointments at All East sexual health services are paused until further notice. However, telephone and online services are available.
HENRY Best start services for 0-5 support face-to-face interactions have stopped, we are providing a remote service with families via phone, email and videocalls.
Road and construction work Click to get info
Word has re-started at high priority sites. Temporary road measures are being put in place to ensure residents can travel safely across the borough, maintaining social distancing wherever possible. We want to hear from you on where these measures would be useful, so please visit our website.
Rubbish and recycling services Click to get info
Weekly waste and recycling collections are running as normal and all three reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) are open. Anyone wishing to visit an RRC must book online and follow the restrictions in place.
The large item collection service is running as normal, all items must be left outside your property for collection as the crew cannot enter residents' homes.