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Walthamstow Village Scheme Shortlisted for Civic Trust Award

The Walthamstow Village Mini-Holland scheme has been named as a regional finalist in the 2017 Civic Trust Awards, a prestigious award scheme recognising outstanding achievements in architecture, planning and design.


The Walthamstow Village scheme was one of four residential areas in Walthamstow Town Centre to receive funding from Transport for London to make the area more accessible for people who want to walk and cycle for local journeys. The funding has also been used to improve public areas, improve road safety and open up local streets for pedestrians.


Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “I am extremely proud that we have been shortlisted for this award, which is testament to the huge amount of work that we put into delivering a scheme that would have real long lasting benefits for the local community.


“We set out to make Walthamstow Village safer, more attractive and accessible for everyone, and I think we have achieved that. We also ensured that residents and businesses were kept informed and had the opportunity to have their say throughout the project. We have learnt a lot and there’s still room for improvement but to be shortlisted shows we’re definitely heading in the right direction. Fingers crossed we’ll be celebrating when the award winners are announced early next year.”


“I’d also like to thank the members of the Walthamstow Village Residents Association (WVRA) for all their hard work to keep the area looking clean and tidy and instil such a fantastic sense of civic pride across the local community.”



 Earlier this year Walthamstow Village received a prestigious Silver Gilt in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom Awards, confirming its place as one of the greenest urban areas in the country. This is the third time that the area, led by members of the Walthamstow Village Residents’ Association (WRVA), had been nominated for the award, and the second time it has received a Silver Gilt.


The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959, and is the longest running independent built environment awards scheme in Europe. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Guildhall in Winchester in 10 March 2017.


The Mini-Holland scheme has already picked up 10 different awards since Waltham Forest Council was awarded £27million from Transport for London in 2014 to deliver a range of transport improvements across the borough.


 Last week the Council was named the winner in two categories at the national Cycle-Rail Awards. Both the ‘Door to Door Journeys’ and ‘London Cycle Parking’ prizes went to Waltham Forest in recognition of the new cycle hubs that have been installed at stations across the borough to provide secure bike parking for commuters.


Judges were impressed with the scope of the project and commented that the hubs were so appealing that they ‘made you want to cycle to the station’.


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