Residents’ designs for improving borough parks announced – and the work’s already underway

1 March 2018
Lloyd Park in Waltamstow

Residents’ winning  ideas submitted to Waltham Forest Council’s Parks Improvement programme have been unveiled.

Over 50 projects across 20 wards were selected from the 356 ideas submitted, which included artistic murals, community growing plots and play areas among many more. The council had set aside £500,000 for the improvements - £25,000 for each ward.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We were overwhelmed with some great ideas from the community about they wanted for their parks, green and open spaces.  Selecting designs to take forward was extremely difficult – huge thanks to everyone who submitted an idea. It’s been an absolute pleasure looking through them.

“We know – because they have told us – that our residents really value their parks and green and open spaces. Access to the outdoors provides a boost to people’s mental as well as their physical health and well- being. These improvements, taking place across every ward in the borough, will make our these places  even better for everyone to enjoy.”

You can see a list with details of all the currently confirmed projects here.

The winning ideas were selected by local ward councillors after they had been costed and cleared to be progressed by officers in the Neighbourhood Team. They were chosen according to their suitability for the location and their feasibility. Ideas that were not selected on this occasion will be kept by the team and may be taken forwards in future.

Work is underway on the first projects, and it is expected that they will all be completed by the end of Autumn 2018.