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This week we've continued to see more residents vaccinated, reaching the fantastic milestone of 150,000 first doses in Waltham Forest. Thanks to everyone who has been able to go and get the jab.

We are seeing a slower take up of the second dose for those aged 40 and over and I want to urge you to go and get it if you've been delaying it. I know it can be off-putting if you have experienced side effects the first time round, however it is less likely that this will happen with second doses and common issues only usually last a couple of days at most. Both doses are needed to get maximum protection from the delta variant which is by the most common strain in Waltham Forest and nationally.

We have seen a rise in cases of covid in Waltham Forest as we have across London and nationally. Thankfully, due to the vaccine rollout this hasn’t turned into really large increases in hospital admissions due to covid which is why it is so important we get as many people as possible vaccinated. See below how you can get a jab today.

In other news, it's London Climate Action Week and hopefully you have seen us talking about our steps to reduce our impact on our environment. We aim to plant 20,000 trees in the borough with your help which is why we are giving young people a tree each. You can order your tree on our website.  

Have a great week and speak soon. 

Want to know where to get your jab this week?

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Every adult over 18 can now get their Covid-19 vaccine. We need as many people as possible to take the vaccine, protecting yourself against the Delta variant. You don't need to be registered with a GP to book your vaccine or bring ID along with you. 

Pfizer: 

Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 July and Tuesday 6 July at Walthamstow Library 

Thursday 1 July and Tuesday 6 July at Jubilee Centre, Leytonstone

Thursday 1 July at Leytonstone Library 

AstraZeneca: 

Friday 2 July at MASJID-E-USMAN bus in Leytonstone 

Wednesday 7 July at Walthamstow Library

Don't delay, book your jab today. 

Book your vaccine 

Fellowship Square is now open

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We’re delighted to show you the first glimpse of Fellowship Square and the new fountain. A shared space for all the communities of Waltham Forest to come together to create and enjoy a wide, year-round cultural offering.

This is the just the preview of what to come. We will be testing the fountain over the next couple of weeks and putting the final touches to the music performance programme before the official launch on 15 July.

In the meantime, you can still visit the Square, so grab a drink & a pastry from the new cart outside the Assembly Hall and enjoy the new relaxing space.

Fellowship Square 

Dr Pheerunggee talks to us about fertility concerns

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We know that fertility concerns might be stopping you taking the Covid-19 vaccine and we want to make sure you have the correct information to make an informed decision. 

We've worked with the brilliant Dr Pheerunggee to answer these questions and get you the answers you need. From whether the vaccine will effect your menstrual cycle, to whether you should have the vaccine when trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding - we're here to help. If you don't find the answer you need, please email the team so we can get this information for you. 

Hear from Dr Pheerunggee 

Job Spotlight - Drivers

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Our waste partners Urbaser are looking to recruit local residents as HGV / LGV drivers.

The job responsibilities include leading a team, managing resources, and coordinating activities to provide an efficient and reliable waste collection. It’s a secure temporary contract with a performance bonus available.

Interested? See the full details on Indeed.com 

Not for you?

Full range of vacancies 

Le Tour de Waltham Forest is coming!

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Le Tour de Waltham Forest is back with a bang, coming to you on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July. 

Starting in Lloyd's Park, there are three different routes available, all ending in the brand new Fellowship Square. 

There is a free goodie bag for everyone and the event will follow Covid-19 guidelines. 

Please pre-book your slot and join us for this fantastic weekend of cycling! 

Book your place  

Development of Central Parade begins

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On Friday 26 June, Thomas Sinden, Design and Building Contractor for Waltham Forest, held a starting of works ceremony for Central Parade in Hoe Street. 

Cllr Miller states "This scheme to provide 21 new homes, 50% affordable and refurbish and provide existing housing and commercial space on this key site in central Walthamstow, will have a key role in helping transform our town centre so that it continues to deliver for local people."

The project is due to be completed in Autumn next year.

Learn about development 

Test site opening times are changing

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From Thursday 1 July, the test sites at Chingford Assembly Hall, Jubilee Centre, Leyton Cricket Ground and One Hoe Street will be changing their opening hours.

New timings will be:

  • Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 6pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm

As always, you don't need to make an appointment to get tested and you can pick up free rapid test kits at these sites also.

Make sure to test twice a week, even if you feel fine and even if you’ve been vaccinated.

Only go to these sites if you don’t have ANY Covid-19 symptoms.

Find your nearest site 

London Climate Action Week

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This week it’s London Climate Action Week. We’re marking it by telling our residents about all the climate action we’re taking across the Council, from our incredible, newly transformed Suntrap Centre to our pioneering work on Active Travel – keep an eye on our social channels to find out more.

To kick off the London Climate Action Week, we asked Deputy Leader Clyde Loakes, Cabinet Member for the Environment, to sum up everything Waltham Forest Council has done since we declared a Climate Emergency.

We challenged him to fit it all in two minutes – and he was up for the challenge!

Watch the video

Have you experienced street-based harrassment?

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The Council’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) team has launched a fully anonymous questionnaire to gather information about the lived experiences of women and girls in the borough to further understand their sense of safety on our streets.

Information submitted in the survey will be used to inform a funding bid that will aim to tackle street based sexual harassment. The deadline for filling in the survey is Saturday, 3 July.

From later this year, crimes motivated by misogyny will be recorded as a hate crime by police across England and Wales.

Complete the survey

Support Local and Win Prizes!

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Fill out our survey about your local area for a chance to win a £20 voucher to a local shop.

This summer, we want our residents to feel confident to safely reconnect with their friends and community.

We’re putting together some informal guides to our borough to help boost our local spots – and this is where you come in!

Please share your tips, hidden gems and local loves with us, so we can share them with everyone. It’s up to all of us to keep our local community thriving.

Take the survey 

Road Safety research - we want to hear from you

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Waltham Forest Council works with the independent charitable organisation Road Safety Trust, to gather research and make our roads safer for us all to use. 

This is the third year of the project and we want to hear from you about road safety in Waltham Forest. Whether you travel by car, cycle, powered two-wheeler, public transport or on foot - we want to hear from you. 

Your feedback will be used to identify where on the road network residents/visitors feel safe and where improvements need to be made. The survey will close on Sunday 4 July. 

Take part today 

Need a council service?

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Our teams are working hard to keep services running throughout the pandemic and our residents safe.

If you need to a specific council service, visit our website to find more information.

Find out more 

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SubscribeInformation and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing quickly and its important you keep up to date with those changes. The Council will be using email newsletters to keep residents and businesses up to date.

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