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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  1. Labour hold Waltham Forest

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    London has had its first result of the night.

    With one ward left to declare Labour has officially kept control of Waltham Forest, which they have run since 2010. Labour has picked up at least one extra ward and will run the council with at least 46 councillors.

    The result is not a surprise as Labour has been the largest party in the borough since 1968.

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    Video caption: HGV driver shortage: Waltham Forest Council has launched a training course to help

    A training course to become a HGV driver has been launched by Waltham Forest Council to help tackle the shortage of drivers in London.

  3. Millions for Redbirdge Council to tackle homelessness

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    Redbridge Council has been awarded almost £4m by the government to help the homeless, more than eight times the amount given to neighbouring Waltham Forest Council.

    The bulk of the funding, almost £2.5m, will be used to build 26 studio flats for the homeless, 18 at the Ryedale hostel in Ilford and a further eight at a site yet to be decided.

    The council will use the remaining money supporting people in the short-term between now and March next year.

    Waltham Forest Council was awarded £455,387 of short-term funding and no long-term funding.

    The council was asked to comment on this decision and declined to do so.

    Redbridge council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said the extra funding was “certainly welcome news” and will “provide stability for some of our most vulnerable residents”.

  4. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  5. Fly-tipper fined for dumping rubbish in Chingford street

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    A fly tipper was fined hundreds of pounds for dumping rubbish in the street – and then people sent to remove it were fined hundreds more because they did not have a licence to do so.

    Waltham Forest Council officers investigated the enormous mound of rubbish containing mattresses, armchairs and other bulky pieces of furniture in Russell Road, Chingford, yesterday morning.

    The officers gave the “guilty party” responsible for the fly tip a fixed penalty notice of £400, according to a tweet posted by Waltham Forest Council.

    A van hired to remove the items arrived while officers were there and those inside were also fined £300 because they did not have a waste carrier licence.

    Businesses that transport and dispose of waste need to have a waste carrier licence and can be fined up to £5,000 if they do not.

    The licence costs £154 and may need to be renewed every three years, at a cost of £105 each time.

    All the items have since been cleared from the street.

    The council encourages residents to report fly-tipping on its website and aims to remove the rubbish within 24 hours of each report.

  6. Mural divides Leyton residents

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    Leyton high street mural

    Waltham Forest residents are divided on whether the new mural on Leyton High Road is cheerful and unique or a distracting waste of money.

    The colourful design above shop fronts in Leyton High Road, between Sedgewick Road and Murchison Road, was designed by artist Camille Walala.

    The project cost £40,000 in total, of which £25,000 was provided by the Mayor of London while the remainder came from crowdfunding.

    Responding to a call for opinions from local residents, Shah Ahmed said: “They are very gimmicky, all these shops need is a clean up and regular cleaning.

    “The council should be spending time and money on the public realm.”

    Jo Eliana added: “I like modernism but this is too loud and busy for me. It’s too high contrast and uncomfortable to look at; visual sensory overload.”

    Donna East said: “It’s a no for me, I liked what they did when it was the Olympics but this is a bit too much.”

    However, others appreciated the pop of colour on the High Street, created using recycled paint from the Forest Recycling Project.

    Helen O’Brien said: “I love it. It brightens up what was a drab series of shop fronts. More of this please.”

    The project was completed with the help of local businesses such as Deeney’s and Wood Street Walls.

  7. Flammable cladding to be removed from tower block

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    Work has finally begun to replace dangerous flammable cladding on a housing block in Waltham Forest.

    Residents at Gallery Court in Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow, were horrified to discover that their building was covered in flammable cladding in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.

    The building’s owner, Sanctuary Housing, agreed to replace the cladding at no cost to the residents, but the plans to do so were only finalised early this year, three years after it was first discovered.

    Work to replace the cladding, originally planned for March, began on 15 June and is not expected to end until next year.

    A spokesperson for Sanctuary Housing said: “Our plans to remove and replace the cladding at Gallery Court were finalised early in 2020 and work was due to begin at the end of March.

    “Although this original date had to be delayed due to the introduction of additional safety measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we can confirm that our contractors started work on site on Monday, 15 June.”

  8. More roads to be shut temporarily around schools

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    The number of Waltham Forest roads temporarily closed to traffic during the school run will more than triple after schools reopen.

    Waltham Forest Council is re-introducing its “School Streets” scheme, restoring the two schemes already set up, two that were postponed and adding five more as soon as possible.

    The council recognises parents may be nervous about taking public transport in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic but hopes to encourage a “new normal” of walking and cycling.

    Affected roads will be closed to non-residential traffic between 08:30-09:15 and 15:00-16:00 in term time, which residents have previously warned could inconvenience the elderly and disabled.

    Deputy leader Clyde Loakes said the council were "working hard to make sure this can happen from when schools begin to reopen.

    “We have seen more and more people walking and cycling as they responded to the challenges of life during lockdown. We want to see that positive behaviour change carry through as the lockdown eases."

    Prior to lockdown measures, George Mitchell Primary School in Leyton and a number of schools on Marsh Lane in Walthamstow had schemes in place.

    Two schemes postponed by the lockdown – around Henry Maynard Primary School in Walthamstow and The Jenny Hammond Primary School in Leytonstone – will also be put in place.

    Residents near Henry Maynard Primary School expressed concerns about the planned scheme in early March, arguing the elderly and disabled sometimes relied on cabs to get to hospital.

    Tony Rath, of Brunswick Street, said he felt the council was assuming all residents were “youngish with cars”.

    Residents are still free to drive on the affected roads and carers, emergency services, staff at the school or local businesses and blue badge holders will also be exempt.

    The council stated its existing schemes produced an improvement in road safety and air quality, while reducing anti-social behaviour like inconsiderate parking.

  9. Illegal 'squat rave' dispersed over bank holiday

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    An illegal rave in an east London squat was broken up by police over the bank holiday weekend.

    More than 80 people were turned away by security guards before police turned up to clear the property in Leytonstone on Saturday night, a spokesperson for Waltham Forest Council said.

    A council spokesperson said: “Over the bank holiday weekend, the council was made aware of a squatted commercial premises being used to hold an illegal gathering.

    “Waltham Forest Council’s enforcement officers have since followed this up with an abatement notice and will continue to monitor the situation.”

    A total of 270 groups were dispersed by enforcement officers over the long weekend, according to a previous statement from the council.

  10. Footpath widening in Waltham Forest announced

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    Waltham Forest Council is widening the borough’s footpaths to make social distancing easier for pedestrians and cyclists.

    Parking bays in four busy areas were temporarily suspended at the start of May and the Council is “investigating a number of other locations” that could follow suit.

    Measures are currently in place in Leyton High Road and Church Lane, Wood Street, Cann Hall Road and Higham Hill Road.

    Where possible, parking for the disabled, businesses or deliveries will continue to operate.