Report of Hoe Street Ward Forum meeting
21st July 2014
About 30 residents attended and the first item was a leaflet about Healthwatch Waltham Forest who want to hear about residents views on various health and social issues
The Chair of the Safer Neighbourhood Watch gave an upbeat report and urged residents to volunteer to join the board which provides the police with its priorities.
Landlord and Letting Agents Licencing was the next topic. Waltham Forest will be introducing a licencing scheme from next April applying 25 conditions on Landlords and non-compliance could lead to a £20k fine. The cost of the licence has not yet been set, but with 24k landlords in the Borough it is hoped residents will be better protected from rogue landlords.
CPZ – the ME zone around the Town Centre will be reviewed due to the changes in the area i.e. the Scene. A consultation in September will last 3 weeks. One possibility would be to split the ME zone as currently residents drive from one side to the other to park.
Mini Holland – Chris Harrison asked the audience if they had heard of this project and most had not. He went on to explain that it is intended to increase cycling in the Borough and to improve residential streets. The Mayor had pledged £30m over 3 years to Waltham Forest and the creation of segregated cycle lanes in Lea Bridge Road was a key target. A route along the line of Forest Road to Lea Bridge road was aimed at cutting down on rat running. The first area to be investigated was Pembroke Road/Hoe Street and the railway. He wanted to speak to residents groups rather than individuals and wants views within 6 weeks. Despite great interest from the audience no further discussion was allowed.
Milton Road Residents Association gave a very upbeat report pointing out that since their inception about 5 other groups have formed in the adjacent area. They communicate via all means and bring residents together to help each other and to provide fun events and a structure for looking out for fellow residents.