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Waltham Forest council says:
Waltham Forest is changing and we want you to be part of it. Thanks to a funding pot of £27 million from Transport for London, we’re delivering the Mini-Holland Programme to make our streets fit for everyone to use, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.
In 2014, nearly 900 people were injured on our roads and air pollution in Waltham Forest is on the increase. At peak times of the day, we have up to 6,000 extra cars on our roads due to the school run. We need to do something about this so that everyone can get from A to B easily and safely.
The Mini-Holland Programme is about making our streets work for everyone and our borough a better place to live, work and visit. By creating designated space for cycling, creating routes that better connect our town centres and redesigning some of our public areas we want to help families get about safely, cut down unnecessary traffic outside your home and work with businesses so that people want to spend time in our borough and get the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
How do I take part?
We want everyone who lives and works in the local area to have their say on the scheme design and help shape the proposals. To help manage the consultation and feedback we receive, we are asking you to rate and comment on groups of proposals rather than individual measures, and to tell us what else you would like to see.
Please read each proposal carefully, and tell us your thoughts on each one using the comment section at the bottom of each proposal page. Depending on how much you write, we expect the survey to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
What’s planned in Leytonstone Town Centre?
We have four town centre schemes in the Mini-Holland Programme, one of which is Leytonstone. These schemes will better connect Chingford, Highams Park, Leyton and Leytonstone through key walking and cycling routes, making areas of the borough easier to get to for people who want to walk and cycle for local journeys. The town centre schemes will also improve the look and feel of these four key areas whilst linking in with the four Village schemes in Walthamstow, making them more enjoyable places to spend time and money, boosting business for our local economy and giving our residents a sense of pride in their borough.
The Leytonstone Town Centre scheme area has over 8,000 addresses and lots of people currently walk and cycle through it to get to the High Road, Leytonstone Underground Station, Leytonstone High Road Rail Station, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Hollow Ponds. We’re planning to make improvements so that if you choose to walk or cycle it’s easier for you to get about. For example, we know that Grove Green Road is a key cycling route through Leytonstone, so we’re planning to improve this by creating segregated areas, where possible, making it safer and easier for people who cycle and vehicles to share the road.
We’re also planning to install blended ‘Copenhagen’ style crossings on a series of side streets, which extend the pavement across the road, meaning vehicles need to give way to pedestrians and people on cycles. We recognise that there is a place for cars in our borough, but want to make our roads safer by creating junctions that encourage drivers to slow down and take extra care at key points. We’ll also be investing in new public spaces and improving how the area looks with plants and greenery, to encourage more people to spend their time and money in the area. The proposed design also includes a mix of road and traffic direction changes which are shown on the map below.
What has happened so far?
In June 2015, we sent a survey to all 8,000 addresses in the scheme area to understand your concerns and aspirations and what you want to see in your local area. Over 340 people responded, providing over 440 individual comments, which we analysed and used to shape the next stage of the plans.
This feedback helped create an early design which was presented to over 60 residents who attended our codesign workshops in September and October 2015. During these workshops local residents and businesses told us their views of the proposed design to help us make sure this scheme fits everyone’s needs. We have been speaking to key stakeholders (including the emergency services and schools) to make sure the design enables them to do their important work.
We will continue to engage with these groups as the scheme progresses through to final design and completion. We have also used information about traffic movements and traffic survey data to design a scheme that benefits all road users. More information about this design is detailed in these proposals and we are asking for your views on it.
What happens next?
All of the feedback received will be grouped, carefully analysed and used to shape the final design. Where there are elements of the scheme that are not well supported by residents and businesses, we will look at these again. Where it’s possible to make changes based on your comments and suggestions we will, and where we can’t we will explain why.
A summary of the results and feedback will be sent to everyone who took part after the public consultation stage has ended. This will set out the results and how they have been used to help shape the final design. This will also be available on the website for everyone to see.
Before we get to the design stage, Transport for London (TfL) will also need to approve the plans as the funders of the Mini-Holland Programme.