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?
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.
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.
Dr Pheerunggee talks to us about fertility concerns
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Information 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.
If residents have questions please visit our website, and use live chat to talk to one of our team, it's quicker than phoning.