Give your views to the Council this Thursday

Waltham Forest Town Hall

The Council wants Waltham Forest residents to tell them what they’re doing right and what they need to change and is organising some ‘market stall’ style consultations, with one in Leytonstone this Thursday. You can also take an online or hard copy survey.

Thursday 14 June, 1–3.30pm
Church Lane
Outside Leytonstone Tube Station, Leytonstone E11

More information and details of the survey from the Council’s website:

Mayor of London and GLA elections 3 May


London Elects poster excerpt
On 3 May 2012 you will be able to vote for three candidates in the elections for the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority:

  1. Mayor of London
  2. Constituency London Assembly Member
  3. London-wide Assembly Member

Trying to find who is standing and links to their websites is not always easy so I’ve created a new page about the Elections 2012 with details of candidates for Leytonstone and some information about how to register (for  anyone not already on the Electoral register).

If anyone finds the links I couldn’t find, please contact me, so this page becomes a really useful one-stop resource. The page is completely non-party political! Many thanks.

Boundary Commission changes: should Leytonstone join with Walthamstow or Stratford? Hurry, reply by 3 April!

UK ParliamentThe Government is reducing the number of MPs in Parliament and this means the Boundary Commission has been asked to redraw boundaries.

In the proposals the current Leyton and Wanstead constituency represented by John Cryer MP will go. Leytonstone and Forest wards will join the new Walthamstow constituency and Cathall and Cann Hall will join the new Stratford constituency. However, to make this work, Chingford would be linked to Edmonton, which would also include Higham’s Park, Higham Hill and Hale End.

The Boundary Commission has the difficult job of trying to make constituencies a similar size and follow council and natural boundaries.

However, Waltham Forest Council has proposed putting Leytonstone and Forest Wards into a new Stratford and Leyton constituency which would allow Higham’s Park, Higham Hill and Hale End to stay with Chingford (without Edmonton).

If you have a strong view on these changes you have until 3 April to comment to the Boundary Commission. You need to comment on a specific proposal, not just give your personal views.

The Waltham Forest proposal can be found on the Boundary Commission website reference 022214.

These proposals do not change the borders of the council. We will still all be in Waltham Forest, it’s just the areas our MPs represent that will be changing.

Boundary Commission proposed Stratford constituency

Boundary Commission proposed Stratford constituency

Boundary Commission proposed Walthamstow constituency

Boundary Commission proposed Walthamstow constituency

Are you thinking of organising a street party for the Jubilee?

Party baloons and hatsCommunity Ward forums are taking place in Leytonstone next week, and with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee coming up this could be a good time to attend one if you’ve never been before, especially if you’re thinking of organising a street party. (more…)