FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTERS 175 and 176

FOCUS 175 was delivered across the ward about a week ago by our team of volunteers.

FOCUS 176 is due from the printers by the weekend.

Please contact Bob Sullivan on 8556 8335, or by email [email protected]nternet.com if you would like to help deliver the FOCUS newsletter near your home, each round takes about 45 minutes.

If you would like to help with local campaigning in the run up to the 3 May local Council elections, please contact Bob, who will be pleased  to hear from you.

Access FOCUS 175 here: Forest FOCUS 175

Access FOCUS 176 here: Forest FOCUS 176

MS Awareness Week 23-29 April

23-29 April 2018 is MS week, which is a chance for us all to do our bit to raise awareness and money to make sure no one has to fight MS alone.

MS is a neurological life long condition which affects your brain, spinal chord and central nervous system. As a result MS can create many different symptoms, and is different for every patient.

Of the over 100,000 UK sufferers of MS almost three times as many are women than men. Typically people are diagnosed with the condition in their 20s and 30s.

If you want to learn more about MS click here. 

If you want to get involved and be Bold In Blue to raise money and awareness click here. 

FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 174

Forest Ward FOCUS Team 2018 – Rupert Pickering, Jordan Sullivan & Dave Sherwood

The latest edition of the Forest Ward FOCUS Newsletter has just gone to press and will be delivered across the ward by our volunteer helpers.

It leads on the launch of the local election campaign, and introduces the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Team candidates fighting Forest ward (see photograph above).

Please contact Bob Sullivan on 8556 8335 if you would like to help deliver the FOCUS near your home. It is usually published about every six weeks and a round should take about 45 minutes. Thank you.

In the past year Lib Dem membership has soared to a record high. Please get in touch with our veteran local campaigner Bob Sullivan if you would like to join this growing movement.

You can access a copy of the FOCUS here: Forest FOCUS 174

FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 173

The latest issue of the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter has just gone to press and will be delivered across the ward by our team of volunteers.

It leads on the news that the Labour-led Council has approved the plan for the development of the Walthamstow Town Square including the construction of a 29 storey tower block, with only 20% ‘affordable’ housing (far short of the Council’s 50% target), and no provision for social housing.

If you would like to help the Liberal Democrats keep local people informed, please contact Bob Sullivan on (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].

Or you may also contact Farooq Qureshi on 07956 290 240 or email [email protected]

FOCUS is being issued every 6 weeks, and a single delivery round should take about 45 minutes.

A copy of the latest issue is available here: Forest FOCUS 173

FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 172

The latest issue of the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter has just gone to press and will be delivered across the ward by our team of volunteers.

This issue highlights the problems being experienced by residents and the danger to children attending Barcflay Primary School due to the rat-run nightmare in Canterbury Road. Campaignr Jordan Sullivan has taken the problem up with the Council and will be reporting on developments.

If you would like to help the Liberal Democrats keep local people informed, please contact Bob Sullivan on (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].

Or you may also contact Farooq Qureshi on 07956 290 240 or email [email protected]

FOCUS is being issued every 6 weeks, and a single delivery round should take about 45 minutes.

A copy of the latest issue is available here: Forest FOCUS 172

FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 171

The latest issue of the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter has been delivered across the ward by our team of volunteers.

This issue highlights the progress report about problem affecting the street lights in a number of roads across the ward. The FOCUS Team is pleased to report that the problem has been solved.

If you would like to help the Liberal Democrats keep local people informed, please contact Bob Sullivan on (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].

Or you may also contact Farooq Qureshi on 07956 290 240 or email [email protected]

FOCUS is being issued every 6 weeks, and a single delivery round should take about 45 minutes.

A copy of the latest issue is available here: Forest FOCUS 171

FOIREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 170

FOCUS TEAM campaigner Rupert Pickering checking one of the faulty lights in Canterbury Road

The latest issue of the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter is with the printers and will be delivered across the ward by our team of volunteers.

This issue highlights a problem affecting the street lights in a number of roads across the ward. The FOCUS Team will be monitoring developments and will keep residents updated.

If you would like to help the Liberal Democrats keep local people informed, please contact Bob Sullivan on (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].

Or you may also contact Farooq Qureshi on 07956 290 240 or email [email protected]

FOCUS is being issued every 6 weeks, and a single delivery round should take about 45 minutes.

A copy of the latest issue is available here: Forest FOCUS 170

FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 169

The latest issue of the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter is with the printers and will be delivered across the ward by our team of volunteers.

If you would like to help the Liberal Democrats keep local people informed, please contact Bob Sullivan on (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].

Or you may also contact Farooq Qureshi on 07956 290 240 or email [email protected]

FOCUS is being issued every 6 weeks, and a single delivery round should take about 45 minutes.

A copy of the latest issue is available here: Forest FOCUS 169 colour

FOREST WARD FOCUS NEWSLETTER 168

The latest issue of the Liberal Democrat FOCUS Newsletter is hot off the press and will be delivered across the ward by our team of volunteers.

If you would like to help the Liberal Democrats keep local people informed, please contact Bob Sullivan on (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].

Or you may also contact Farooq Qureshi on 07956 290 240 or email [email protected]

FOCUS is being issued every 6 weeks, and a single delivery round should take about 45 minutes.

A copy of the latest issue is available here: Forest FOCUS 168

TOWER BLOCK SAFETY FEARS

Lib Dem campaigner Bob Sullivan

Following the disaster in West London, former long-serving Liberal Democrat Councillor Bob Sullivan contacted the Council to confirm that they are preparing to look the tower and high rise blocks in Waltham Forest and review the planning permissions already given to developers.

This review should include checking the cladding, fascias and building materials used and planned to be used.

It would seem from discussions in the media that many tower blocks built, and being built, may have cladding and other materials that are not completely fire proof.

Waltham Forest Guardian reporter Tom Barnes followed up Bob Sullivan’s request with the following report on the online version of the Guardian:

TOWER BLOCK FEARS: Waltham Forest council won’t tell us if its flats have sprinklers after Grenfell Tower fire

Concerns have been raised over the safety of Waltham Forest’s high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Campaigner Bob Sullivan is calling for a full review into fire safety at tower blocks in the borough after the blaze in west London last week, which is thought to have killed at least 79 people.

The Liberal Democrat activist and former councillor wants a probe to ensure residents in council-owned and private blocks are not as risk, as well as reviews at towers currently under construction.

Mr Sullivan said:

It is imperative that the planning permission for new blocks being built is gone over again, we need to make sure.

I have not seen anyone mention sprinklers, you would have thought it would be 100 per cent certain we should have them now.

I would have thought nobody would move into any tower block now without asking questions, I certainly wouldn’t.

I am hoping the council decides to review tower block safety, I am very concerned about Waltham Forest and we should be on the forefront of this.

We need action to do something about every block above six or eight storeys, I would even class those types of buildings as a small tower blocks.

Although several council-owned towers, such as Redwood and Hornbeam Towers in Leytonstone, have been demolished in recent years, some, like John Walsh and Fred Wigg Towers, remain standing.

A host of plans for new high-rise blocks have also been approved, including a 16-storey block in Dunedin Road, Leyton, and four blocks between 10 and 16 flights in Wickford Way, Walthamstow.

Campaigner Bob Sullivan wants action to ensure tower block safety

The catastrophic fire at 24-storey Grenfell Tower, in North Kensington, broke out at around 1am last Wednesday (June 14) and is likely to become Britain’s deadliest blaze in more than a century.

The speed at which the fire spread is believed to have aided by new cladding fitted to the building, while sprinklers had not been fitted inside the flats, despite calls from residents.

Waltham Forest council says no blocks in the borough use the same cladding as was installed at Grenfell and all high rise homes either have fire risk assessments in place or currently underway.

The local authority also confirmed sprinklers will be installed at the 10-storey Lea Bridge House hostel redevelopment in Leyton.

However, the council has not responded to requests by the Guardian to reveal how many of its blocks are fitted with sprinkler systems.

Council leader, Clare Coghill, said:

All of us were horrified to see the tragic events unfold at Grenfell Tower. Our thoughts and sympathies are with those affected by this terrible disaster. 

We understand that residents of Waltham Forest will be shocked following this incident, and concerned about the safety of their own homes and properties.

We want to let residents know that their safety is always our main concern.

We are looking at what further checks may be needed in the light of recent events.

We will work with the fire brigade and our colleagues across London to implement any changes recommended after this terrible fire.

 

Tom Barnes posted an update on 22nd June:

Waltham Forest council confirms no sprinkler systems have been fitted in any of its tower blocks

Fred Wigg and John Walsh Towers

John Walsh and Fred Wigg Towers in Leytonstone are owned by Waltham Forest council

No council-owned tower blocks in Waltham Forest are currently fitted with sprinkler systems, it has been confirmed.

Concerns have been raised over safety at high-rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington last week, which is now thought to have killed at least 79 people.

The speed at which the fire spread is believed to have aided by new cladding fitted to the building, while sprinklers had not been fitted inside the flats, despite calls from residents.

Do you live in one of the council blocks? Get in touch by e-mailing [email protected] or call 07795507440

Waltham Forest council has now confirmed to the Guardian none of its blocks are currently fitted with sprinkler systems.

However, the local authority said it planned to fit sprinklers in three towers used for sheltered accommodation.

A spokesman said:

Although none of our council blocks have sprinklers fitted, we have secured funding from the London Fire Brigade to install sprinklers in three sheltered blocks this year.

Although several council-owned towers, such as Redwood and Hornbeam Towers in Leytonstone, have been demolished in recent years, some, like John Walsh and Fred Wigg Towers, remain standing.

A host of plans for new high-rise blocks have also been approved, including a 16-storey block in Dunedin Road, Leyton, and four blocks between 10 and 16 flights in Wickford Way, Walthamstow.

The catastrophic fire at 24-storey Grenfell Tower is likely to become Britain’s deadliest blaze in more than a century