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Waltham Abbey Community Campaigns

Dear ,

Although the Next campaign has quietened down a bit a few other campaigns and initiatives are gathering momentum.

There's much more going on in Waltham Abbey than you might think!


Say NO to Next

The online petition hit 1,000 signatures this week. We've another 350 on paper. Can you help us get to 2,000 before the planning meeting in September? There are still a lot of people who don't know about the development and a lot of other who take next.plc's claims around employment, the local economy and traffic at face value.

It's still important to get the word out. Can you get around your block or street with a petition sheet or print off a few leaflets to put through doors?

Our campaign materials are available for download here: Next Campaign Resources 


Hands Off Waltham Holy Cross

Over the last few weeks parents from Waltham Holy Cross Primary School have received a huge boost to their campaign to stop the school being forced to become an academy. National media coverage in The Guardian, along with a spot on BBC Essex radio, have raised the profile of the campaign, which is unearthing issues with Ofsted and the whole forced-academisation process which have implications for beyond their own school.

It seems likely that the campaign will have to launch a Judicial Review. They're working with a solicitor and will shortly launch a crowdfunder. To give their campaign more weight they're going to become a properly constituted group with a small committee. If you're a parent/carer of a child who attends, has attended or is due to the school and would like to get involved in the committee please complete the nomination form: HandsOffWHX committee nominations 


Lee Valley Parking Action Group

Back in March the Lee Valley Parking Action Group was launched to campaign against new parking charges at Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) sites:

  • Cornmill Meadows
  • Hooks Marsh
  • Fishers Green
  • Clayton Hill
  • Gunpowder Park
  • Waltham Abbey Gardens

As a result of the campaign LVRPA introduced a £50 annual permit and introduced free parking for blue badge holders. The LVRPA Executive Committee meets in September and will look at how well the scheme is going. If you have any comments please send them into Jon Carney at

You can apply for an annual permit or register your blue badge here: Car Parking Permits 

There's film from March's meeting here: LVRPA 22/03/2018 


Waltham Abbey Litter Picking Posse

Between the heat and holidays The Waltham Abbey Litter Picking Posse has been quiet for a few weeks but are planning another litter pick soon. Is there anywhere you think needs a visit from the Posse? If you're on Facebook please join the group:

If you're not on Facebook you can send suggestions by email to:


Waltham Abbey Speedwatch

Do you want to help tackle speeding on Waltham Abbey's roads? We're looking for ten people (or more) who can go out in groups of three once or twice a month as part of a Community Speedwatch scheme. For more information and to register you interest please visit our website: Waltham Abbey Community Speedwatch 


Get involved

Would you like to help us build our group and plan where we go from here?

If so, or if you'd just like to volunteer to help out in any capacity, please click this button:

Sign me up

Unfortunately we can't add a button that will register you directly - a lot of email programmes would remove it - so it will take you to our website instead. If you put in the same email address you used for this email list or when you signed the petition your record should be updated to add you to our volunteer list.

Thanks everyone who's already signed up to volunteer - we'll be in touch soon.

Featured Event

The Scratching Post Cat Rescue
Annual Open Day and Craft Fair

Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd September
10am - 3pm

Gardens of Hanbury,
Pynest Green Lane
Waltham Abbey EN9 3QL

Facebook event page

Video from last year's Scratching Post craft fair


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