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 Sullivanon (020) 8556 8335, or email him on [email protected].
Local pharmacies under threat from the latest Conservative cuts to the national health budget.
This Government’s real terms cash cuts to pharmacies across the UK could be about to take their toll. The Lib Dems don’t as yet know what pharmacy used by hundreds of local people is facing closure, cutting off lifeline services for many elderly and vulnerable residents.
Local Campaigner Amands Connolly says,
For many people the trip to get vital medicines from the pharmacy is long enough already.
Cutting money to local pharmacies is nothing more than robbing Peter to pay Paul. It will only increase the strain on hospitals and GP’s practices at a time when the NHS is already in enough trouble.
The £170million reduction in NHS funding for community pharmacies will put pharmacies across Waltham Forest out of business too.
Local community pharmacies are vital to keep older frail people independent. These people need to be at the heart of our community, on our high streets, with people. In the community rather than in our hospitals.
You can sign our petition here and join hundreds of local people who are already backing the campaign.
Residents gathered outside the Town Hall to protest about road closures in the ‘Mini Holland’ scheme
Residents protest ignored!
The recent protest by over 1,200 residents against the road closures in Walthamstow and Leyton showed that the Council’s Mini Holland plans, including closing local roads, does not have the support of all residents despite the Council saying that they had.
Protesters not against the scheme or cyclists, but against road closures
The protesters went out of their way to say that they were not against the scheme or cyclists, but against the road closures. The Council’s plans have succeeded in causing division and anger across the Borough. The closing of roads has forced vehicles onto the already congested main roads like Lea Bridge, Hoe Street, and Leyton High Road and has resulted in a massive slow down of traffic, increased congestion and increased pollution.
Congestion and pollution bad for all
All of this is detrimental to residents, cyclists, pedestrians and bus users. Focus Team member Bob Sullivan, who was in the Town Hall listening to the Mini Holland debate, was appalled by the Labour Council restricting residents from hearing the debate, as they only allowed 12 protesters in, although the chamber can hold over a hundred. He was shocked by the arrogant, illiberal attitude with which Labour Councillors treated residents’ concerns. They were not prepared to review the Mini Holland plans despite residents’ requests and their own Labour MP’s request.
Council continues to ignore residents
They are, in fact, going to ignore residents and continue to put in similar divisive plans across Leyton, Leytonstone and Chingford!