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Cann Hall Focus October 2010

December 1, 2010 10:11 PM

New Admissions Scheme Sept 2011

Lib Dem Focus Team member Keith Rayner says: "For several years the Labour Portfolio responsible for Education in the Council has seriously under estimated the amount of primary school places needed for the borough's children, hence the majority of schools now have mobile classrooms to teach their new intake from September 2010".

If your child is starting school in Sept 2011 or already has a school nursery place, you will be the first to use a new easier 'One-Stop' London-wide scheme to apply for a primary school place in Waltham Forest. Parents will be asked to list up to 6 schools in order of preference and return the form to the council.

Applications are NOW OPEN and the deadline is January 15th 2011.

Parents can apply online or use a paper form. If a child is eligible for a place at more than one school the Council will offer whichever of these was listed as first preference by the parents. There will be one London-wide offer day on APRIL 4TH 2011 when parents will be sent the outcome of their application.

Leytonstone's old Police Station

Squatters have moved in to the boarded-up Leytonstone Police Station. Cllr Liz Phillips spoke to the Borough Commander and was assured that a court order had been applied for to get them evicted as soon as possible. The Police Station is still not sold but Liz was also told that closed bids were accepted by the MPA(Metropolitan Police Authority) recently and hopefully will result in a sale. Focus will keep you informed.

Colegrave Arms update

Since our last Focus the owners tried to use the building during Ramadan but they were stopped by the council because they had not submitted a planning application. They continued to use the garden area where they erected 2 marquees. Liz, Keith and Adrian recently attended a late Eid party in the building, where the owners produced the long awaited plans to legally change the use of the building.

The Imam spoke to a packed audience and extended a big apology to the residents of Cann Hall for any inconvenienced caused during Ramadan, they genuinely believed that an application had been sent in to the council and wrongly believed that they had a 28 day temporary use of the building.The overwhelming message was - if planning permission is granted the new Mosque will bring positive change to the community and the hand of friendship was offered to all Cann Hall residents.

Wanstead Flats Update

Members of the Focus Team attended both well attended meetings. High ranking police officers and the Deputy Superintendent from the City of London conservators were there. Liz and Adrian also attended a community picnic on Wanstead flats where residents freely told us what their fears or problems were of the temporary use of the flats. Their biggest worry was the temporary change of the ancient law which states that Epping Forest must be open for people and animals to roam.

The Police are asking for a time limited temporary change to this Law for 90 days from the end of June 2012 to the second week in Sept2012. The temporary use must be legislated by Parliament, Adrian Trett has contacted Andrew Stunnell MP for Communities to advise him that this subject may come to Parliament and has stressed that it must only be a temporary change of the Law.

Acacia Park

The gates of Acacia playground have been closed for four weeks. Cllr Liz Phillips contacted Green Space at the Council to be told that vandals had picked up the paving stones on the paths and had thrown them around the park causing a Health and Safety issue. Liz was assured that repairs to the path are imminent and the park will re-open very shortly. Focus will monitor progress.