Waltham Forest London Borough Council

All of the seats in Waltham Forest were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 46 Total councillors 46 Change+2

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 14 Total councillors 14 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Waltham Forest's history explored for Borough of Culture

Light installation
MATT ALEXANDER
An immersive sound and light installation called the Nest was set up in Lloyd Park to mark Waltham Forest being Borough of Culture

The history and creativity of Waltham Forest can now be explored in a new Google Arts & Culture digital portal created to mark the area's time as London's Borough of Culture.

The site features articles and videos about the history of the area along with profiles of its famous residents and key events which took place in the last year.

Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture, said the site would let people "discover more about a fascinating local community that - amongst other things - originated the iconic London buses".

Brent has been named as Borough of Culture for 2020 while a number of other councils have been shortlisted for the award for the next few years.

The portal, which was created as part of a partnership between Google Arts & Culture and the mayor of London, can be found here.

Man who's mum and sister were killed by
Luke Hart is calling on local authorities to adopt a new approach to tackling domestic violence

Council to challenge newsletter court ruling

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Waltham Forest council has been forced to stop publishing its newsletter, but has vowed to keep fighting a High Court ruling against them.

Waltham Forest Council’s newsletter, Waltham Forest News, was last published on 10 June and council notices have since started to appear in local newspapers for the first time.

Despite this, the council insists its position hasn’t changed and it will continue to fight the decision.

Waltham Forest Council lost a taxpayer funded judicial review when it took the Government to court last month over an order to stop printing its newsletter more than four times a year.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 states it is illegal for a council to print its own newsletter more often than this.

The council now plans to take the case to the Appeals Court. According to Conservative ward councillors in Endelbury £27,000 of taxpayer's money was spent on the judicial review and a further £15,000 will be spent on the appeal

A council spokesperson said: “We did not take the decision to challenge the Government lightly.

"We know that our residents appreciate a newspaper that champions both the people and the area giving every household a vital guide to what’s on and what’s great about Waltham Forest. Therefore we are appealing the decision.”

Waltham Forest council along with Newham and Hackney councils are the only three nationwide refusing to abide by government guidelines and legal requirements on newsletter publication frequency.

Pride steward: 'I reject the hatred'

Steve Proctor intervened between a protester and a marcher

A volunteer steward who tried to steer people on a Pride march away from a protester in Waltham Forest has described the incident, saying: "I was turning my back on hate and rejecting it."

A video posted on Twitter shows a woman wearing a niqab yelling at people, including one person in a rainbow flag, as Steve Proctor physically put himself between them.

Police are investigating the incident and a 38-year-old woman has been arrested.

Speaking on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show, Steve Proctor expressed his disappointment the video clip had been shared on social media to "generate more hate".

Councils rake in millions after selling off public land

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Both Waltham Forest and Redbridge councils have made substantial sums selling off public land.

Between 2014 and 2018, Waltham Forest Council sold off nine sites gaining a total income of £29,641,578.

During the same period, Redbridge Council sold off 10 sites and made £942,543 from the sales.

In Waltham Forest, land sold off included St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Walthamstow, sold to the Catholic administrative body Chelmsford Diocese, for more than £1 million.

Willowfield School in Walthamstow was also sold to an academy company for £5 million.

In one sale, the council sold off a car park in Walthamstow for a massive £21 million to a development firm for new housing to the built on the site.

In Redbridge, sites sold off included flats, houses and reservation strips at the back of people’s houses.

The council even had a statutory sale of the Thames Water Pumphouse, which was sold to Thames Water Utilities for just £1.

A spokesman for Waltham Forest Council explained the authority has been selling off “underused” property and land across the borough to enable it to deliver more homes, commercial and leisure space.

They said: “The money gained from these sales has gone onto pay for improving services and facilities that our residents rely on including refurbished Children and Family Centres, Adult Learning Services as well as new sports facilities such as the Feel Good centre’s in Leyton and Walthamstow.

“We will continue to reduce our estate in order to prioritise funding for the services that residents rely on and ensure that the we have the homes and commercial space that Waltham Forest needs.”

Council admits sending pension data to wrong residents

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Pensioners’ private and confidential information has been unwittingly handed out to the public by Waltham Forest Council.

“A “printing error” lead to pensioners receiving their P60 forms, which on one side featured their own, correct form and on the reverse a stranger’s P60 form, complete with their national insurance details, addresses and other private information.”

The mistake was spotted by one Walthamstow resident, James O’Rourke, whose mother-in-law received a double-sided P60 with someone else’s details on the reverse.

He flagged it with the council on Facebook and said: “It appears Waltham Forest Council has yet again been frivolous with its residents’ data.

“My mother-in-law, a former council employee, received her pension P60 this week. To her horror it had been printed upon on both sides, the reverse side being another person’s P60.

“A few days later she received another P60 with an attached letter. No reassurance as to whether her data has not been so sloppily dealt with.

“This is not the first time the council has breached the Data Protection Act this year, so the Information Commissioner’s Office must take immediate action and the ultimate person responsible taken to task.”

The attached letter from the council said: “As you are aware, every year you receive your Pension P60 detailing your annual pension earnings.

“Due to an error with our printing partners a small number of these were printed with information on the reverse relating to another customer. We sincerely apologise for this error.

“Please destroy the P60 you were sent originally immediately and securely, using a home shredder if possible.

“You can also send this to the council if you would like us to destroy this for you. “I can assure you we are taking steps to prevent any future occurrences of this type of error in the future.”

Correction 31 May 2019: An earlier version of this entry wrongly said that bank details were among those included from a stranger’s P60 form and this has since been removed.