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Council says ‘We Need to Talk’

Residents are being given the opportunity to tell Waltham Forest Council how it should be balancing the books and which services to prioritise over the next four years.

Since 2010 the Council has saved £68million from its budget by focusing on priorities and making sensible changes to the way it operates. As this period of austerity continues, the Council will need to save at least an additional £45million between 2015 and 2018.

This means the Council has more difficult decisions ahead to make around the services it delivers, so it is asking residents for their views on what is most important to them.

“Two years ago we asked you what our priorities should be and I am proud of what we have delivered,” said Chris Robbins, Leader of the Council. I am determined to continue to deliver improvements over the next four years, so once again we want to hear from you on the services that matter most. This is your chance to tell us how to spend our budget, so I urge everyone to get involved and have their say.”

There will be a number of ways to get involved in the conversation over the next four weeks. An online tool has been created that lets residents have a go at setting the Council’s budget, choosing which services they would prioritise or reduce to save £45million. This is available until Sunday 16 November at

Residents can also go along to one of the Council’s street stalls and give their views. These will take place on the following dates –

  • Wednesday 29 October, 10am-4pm

           Walthamstow Town Centre, High Street

  • Friday 31 October, 10am-4pm

          Outside Leytonstone Underground Station, Church Lane 

  • Wednesday 5 November, 10am-4pm

         Chingford Mount, Albert Crescent

  • Friday 7 November, 10am-4pm

         Outside Coronation Gardens, High Road, Leyton

 In addition to these dates there will also be an opportunity to give views at the Council’s firework event on Wednesday 5 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm, at the Town Hall complex on Forest Road.

 Printed copied of the questionnaire will be available to complete in local libraries from Monday 27 October.

 The Council will reveal the results of the consultation and the services residents want to see prioritised in January 2015. The results will then be used to help the Council set its budget, which will be finalised in March 2015 once the level of funding to be provided by central Government has been confirmed.

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