South Grove Redevelopment Raises Local Concerns.

Some people are very concerned about the impact the imminent plans to begin redevelopment of the South Grove area (the area at the end of Markhouse Rd where the Alpha Business Centre is and the Central Station pub used to be, near St James Street Station) to build a massive supermarket will have on the local area and are angry about the way the public consultation process has been handled. They are meeting at 7pm on Tuesday December 3rd at the Town Hall on Forest Road to express their views.

You would think that the housing crisis in the local area would require a more imaginative use of that space to be given priority. The planning application suggests the development will include (not including ‘intermediate housing’) 66 1 bedroom flats, 109 2 bedroom flats and 8 bedroom flats to be put on the market with 7 1 bedroom flats, 19 2 bedroom flats and 4 3 bedroom properties to be allocated as ‘social housing’, which I calculate as around 16% of the overall properties being allocated to ‘social housing’.  The promotional website suggests the space being used “comprise of 6,831m² of Morrisons Supermarket, 5,568m² of non-food retail, 382m² of commercial units”, which does make you wonder how many homes could be built in that amount of space.

More information:-

Fight The Height: Site raising concerns about this development.

Twitter-based information resource @SouthGrove_E17

Council info on South Grove Redevelopment.

Morrisons website promoting the redevelopment plans.


Locksmith stickers are being used to mark houses as easy targets for burglary?

There has been alot of twitter activity in recent days about fake locksmith stickers being placed on Walthamstow houses (usually the letterbox) to mark it as an easy target for burglary. These articles suggest that this probably isn’t the case, but obviously if you are concerned you should just remove it.

Mystery of ‘burglar’s markers’ unlocked (Evening Standard 21 Nov 2013).

Stickers are a “nuisance” says Locksmith and are routinely seen in the borough (Waltham Forest Guardian, 22 Nov 2013).

If you have any concerns about local security ask David or Dave for info about the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme (if you don’t know them ask any of your neighbours with a ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ sticker in the window).

Reasons NOT to move to Walthamstow

Reasons NOT to move to Walthamstow is a  humerous twitter and blog-based response from real people to all the bogus blogs/tweets and the estate agent-driven media frenzy currently hyping up property prices.

Popstop Xmas Market 12 November to 22nd December

Popstop Xmas Market details

e17designers Market Friday Nov 29 & Sat Nov 30th

E17 Designers Markets Information November 29th and 30th.

Waltham Forest Rising WINTER RISING Sunday 24 November.

The following information is from the Waltham Forest Rising website:-

WINTER RISING! Celebrate International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women with an evening of music.

Sunday 24 November 2013 6pm – 9pm

The Warrant Officer Pub, Higham Hill Road, 318 Higham Hill Road, E17 5RG

The landlord, Rob, will generously be providing finger food.

6pm – Doors Open.

6.30pm – Rebecca Jade.

7.15pm – Bernard Hoskins.

8pm – The Rambling Valentines.

9pm – Finish.

Famous Rising Raffle – stunning prizes – from vouchers to wine and winter treats.

All welcome. Tickets £6 on the door (and you can also reserve tickets at )

For more info, contact 07725528625

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