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Cann Hall Focus - 20th August 2010

August 20, 2010 6:23 PM

LIB DEMS PUSH GOVERNMENT TO BUILD NEW SCHOOLS IN WALTHAM FOREST

Liberal Democrat councillors are pressing the Government to provide the money for new school buildings for our local children."Anyone who has visited schools such as Buxton (formally TomHood) knows how much new buildings are needed. We owe it to the children of our borough to do all we can to provide them with the high quality education they deserve. This includes making sure that they can learn in decent surroundings," said Liberal Democrat Group Leader Bob Sullivan. The Liberal Democrat group is hugely disappointed that the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme has hit local schools so badly.

It is an enormous shame, but if Labour had made faster progress with the BSFschemes since 2003 we would not now be in the situation where more Waltham Forest schools have been stopped compared with other boroughs. However Lib Dem councillors believe the most important thing is what happens next.

Cllr Liz Phillips says: "BSF was a cumbersome, bureaucratic and expensive way of funding school buildings which funnelled money into the pockets of consultants and private contractors. The government has pledged to continue to invest in school buildings and the Liberal Democrats will be at the forefront of the campaign to make sure that Waltham Forest schools get their fair share of this spending."

WANSTEAD FLATS

The Metropolitan Police have written to Cllr Liz Phillips and the FocusTeam regarding the proposed temporary use of the fairground area on Wanstead Flats as a Police Briefing Centre from June - early September 2012.

It is very clear that this is strictly time limited to 90 days, and on the proviso that the land is returned to its original condition after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As part of the agreement, if the fairground area is used, the City of London Corporation would use the funding

received on a local project to be agreed after full consultation with the local community. To ensure local residents are fully informed about the proposal, there will be two exhibitions at the Cann Hall

Methodist Church, 296 Cann Hall Road on Saturday 11 September from 10am - 4pm and on Thursday 16 September from 4pm - 8pm. Adrian Trett and the Focus Team are very aware of local residents concerns, especially the potential increase in traffic along Cann Hall and Crownfield Roads. The Police has assured us that the Olympic route will not be through our ward. Cllr Liz Phillips has also requested a meeting with the Waltham Forest Borough Commander.

Local residents and community groups have already joined forces to set up a Facebook page called 'Protect Wanstead Flats and Epping Forest', and on Sunday 5 September they will be organising a community picnic on the Flats, starting at 1pm. Bring along your family and friends.

COLEGRAVE ARMS

The Colegrave Arms in Cann Hall Road has been sold to a local businessman to provide a prayer and education facilities for local Muslims. At the time of going to press no planning application has been received by the Council for change of use etc. Focus will keep you informed of any developments.

LIB DEMS CALL FOR LABOUR COUNCIL TO APOLOGISE TO RESIDENTS FOR WASTING MONEY

Liberal Democrats have demanded that the Council apologises to local residents for wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on the departure of Andrew Kilburn the Chief Executive. Cllr. Liz Phillips says: "At a time when money is tight and every penny counts, it is a scandal that Labour councillors are prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to get rid of someone. There are many important local services that badly need that sort of cash. It is a bit rich of Labour councillors to complain about cuts and then go on to waste money on this scale. Local taxpayers deserve a Council which spends their money responsibly."

SELFISH NEIGHBOURS

Lib Dem Cllr Liz Phillips has responded to angry residents in Malvern Road who are experiencing selfish neighbours who are leaving wheelie bins in the road all day to secure a parking space when they return from work. The law says that no person is entitled to a parking space in any particular part of the road and it has always been 'first come - first served'. Please don't be an anti-social neighbour.

CUTS IN SERVICES TO VULNERABLE

The Labour Council, under the guise 'It's a Big Bad Government Cut' has taken more than £2.5 million out of the Council's budget to try to clean up the last Labour Government's mess. The single biggest amount has been taken from the elderly and the young - the most vulnerable in Waltham

Forest. The figures below detail where the cuts have been made:

Ÿ Children and Young People £1.6 million

Ÿ Adult's Services £200,000

Ÿ Environmental Services £335,000

Ÿ Other cuts £400,000

When the Liberal Democrats were in the Cabinet efficiency was the key word and protecting front line services, with only 2.5% increase each year. It seems now that its cut and cut again valued services.

At the full Council meeting on 22 July, Lib Dem councillors voted against these cuts in services because no details were given of where the axe was going to fall.

BARKING - GOSPEL OAK LINE

As part of the improvements to over ground services in East London, the Barking - Gospel Oak Line will be getting new tracks, improvements to station platforms and new signalling. This could mean a faster service with better trains in the build up to the Olympics in 2012. Focus Team Member Keith Rayner said, "This news is very welcome, and should provide much needed improvements to this transport facility in Leytonstone."