Leyton Town Centre mini-Holland
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Waltham Forest council says:
Waltham Forest is changing and we want you to be part of it. Thanks to a funding pot of £27 million from Transport for London, we’re delivering the Mini-Holland Programme to make our streets fit for everyone to use, whether you walk, cycle, use public transport or drive.
In 2014, nearly 900 people were injured on our roads and air pollution in Waltham Forest is on the increase. At peak times of the day, we have up to 6,000 extra cars on our roads due to the school run; we need to do something about it so that everyone can get from A to B safely.
The Mini-Holland Programme is about making our streets work for everyone and our borough a better place to live, work and visit. By creating designated space for cycling, creating routes that better connect our town centres and redesigning some of our public areas we want to help families get about safely, cut down unnecessary traffic outside your home, and work with businesses so that people want to spend time in our borough and get the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Giving your views on the proposed designs
We want everyone who lives and works in the local area to have their say on the scheme design and help shape the proposals.
To help manage the consultation and feedback we receive, we are asking you to rate and comment on groups of proposals rather than individual measures, and to tell us what else you would like to see.
The proposals for the Leyton Town Centre scheme include improving some of the public spaces with plants, trees and public art, changing the way vehicles access some roads to reduce unnecessary traffic outside people’s homes, new and improved crossings to help people who walk and cycle, traffic direction changes and road safety improvements.
As some of these changes are linked they need to be introduced together, so we have grouped them and are asking for your views by group or ‘series’ of proposals. For example, a new public space with plants, trees and seating may only be possible if access to a road is changed, making it open only to people walking and cycling.
Please read each proposal carefully, and tell us your thoughts on each one using the comment section at the bottom of each proposal page. Depending on how much you write, we expect the survey to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
What’s planned in Leyton Town Centre?
We have four town centre schemes in the Mini-Holland Programme, one of which is Leyton. These schemes will better connect Leyton, Leytonstone, Chingford and Highams Park, making it easier for people to walk and cycle for local journeys with new and improved walking and cycling routes. The town centre schemes will also improve the look and feel of these key areas whilst linking in with the four Village schemes in Walthamstow, making them more enjoyable places, boosting business for our local economy and giving our residents a sense of pride in their borough.
The Leyton Town Centre scheme area includes over 11,000 addresses and people walk and cycle through it to get to Leyton Underground Station, Leyton Midland Road Rail Station, the Olympic Park, Westfield shopping centre as well as local shops and amenities.
We’re planning to make a range of improvements to the area, from reducing the amount of non-local traffic using local streets where residents like you live, to better walking and cycling routes to help you get around more easily and safely if you choose to walk or cycle. We’ll also be investing in new public spaces and improving how the area looks, with new plants and greenery, to encourage more people to spend their time in the area. The proposed design also includes a mix of road and traffic changes which are outlined on the map.
In June 2015, we sent a survey to all addresses in the scheme area to understand your concerns and how we can use this Mini-Holland funding to deliver what you want in your local area. Over 500 people took part, providing over 690 individual comments which we analysed and used to shape the next stage of the plans.
This feedback helped create an early design, which we presented to 41 residents as well as businesses that came to our co-design workshops in October 2015. During these workshops you told us what you thought of the proposed design, which has helped develop the scheme.
We have been speaking to key stakeholders, including the emergency services and schools, to make sure the design enables them to do their important work day to day. We will continue to engage with these groups as the scheme progresses through to final design and completion. We have also used information about traffic movements and traffic survey data to design a scheme that will benefit all road users. More information about this design is detailed in these proposals and we are asking for your views on it.
What happens next?
All of the feedback received will be grouped, carefully analysed and used to shape the final design.
Where there are elements of the scheme that are not well supported by residents and businesses, we will look at these again. Where it’s possible to make changes based on your comments and suggestions we will, and where we can’t we will explain why. A summary of the results and feedback will be sent to everyone who took part after the public consultation stage has ended. This will set out the results and how they have been used to help shape the final design. This will also be available on the website for everyone to see.
Before we get to the design stage, Transport for London (TfL) will also need to approve all of our plans as the funders of the Mini-Holland programme.