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Echo #24Issue 24 – March 2017

Including news of a spike in the number of families placed in temporary accommodation, major gaffes by Network Rail on the upgrade of a London Overground line; a feature by a young campaigner calling for people to get active in their community; a Chingford campaigner’s plea to ‘end homelessness’; two students writing on whether Walthamstow is changing for better of worse; a history article on the Bakers Almshouses; a sports column on a local badminton club; and a Palestinian recipe inspired by a family from Leytonstone.

Issue 23 – February 2017

Including news of a petition with nearly 5,000 signatures being submitted to the council against its plans to rezone marshland for housing; the announcement of Clare Coghill as the council’s new leader; comment on the future of Whipps Cross following its recent ‘inadequate’ report; a feature on a school teacher whose love of espionage has made her a reality TV star; a history piece about the women whose ‘homework’ kept local factories functioning; and a preview of an art exhibition that invites everyone to draw on their creative spirit.

Issue 22 – January 2017

Including news of another ‘inadequate’ inspection for Whipps Cross Hospital and the resignation of the leader of Waltham Forest Council; comment on the electrification of the Barking to Gospel Oak railway line; a feature on the borough’s microbrewing industry; a history piece on the famous Walthamstow Tram Chase of 1909; plus a new letters page.

Issue 21 – December 2016

Including news on a battle over the location of two new schools; criticism over a care home’s closure; an interview with a cancer patient whose online campaign saved lives; news on hate crime rising since Brexit; a feature on child mentoring; and a history article looking at how Waltham Forest celebrated Christmas in years gone by.

Issue 20 – November 2016

Including news on whether the council is meeting affordable housing targets; comment on the proposed relocation of borough library buildings; an interview with Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer; a feature on Divest Waltham Forest’s recent campaign success; a history article looking at a forgotten victim of a Led Zepplin air raid; and a sports column focusing on a local fencing club.

Issue 19 – October 2016

Including an appeal to help save local health services by Waltham Forest Save Our NHS; news on how many Syrian refugees have been rehomed in the borough; how the borough’s biggest building site is taking shape; an interview with Stow Festival director Nick Bason; a feature on the charity that’s keeping homeless people from going hungry; a history piece on what it was like to live through the world wars; and a sports column on the hockey club that’s sticking up for disability.

Issue 18 – September 2016
Including news of success for Waltham Forest athletes at Rio 2016; an interview with the Waltham Forest Citizen of the Year; features on night workers in the borough, fly-tipping, and how OrganicLea wants to transform the food system; plus new sports columnist Bobbie Makoni meets the Waltham Forest Gators swimming club.

Issue 17 – August 2016
Including news of support rallied for the international community; how Brexit fears may have delayed a major housing development; an interview with Canon Steven Saxby; features on campaigning to oppose a skyscraper in Walthamstow; a look at the reasons migrants have arrived in Waltham Forest over the years; and a review of an international film festival.

Issue 16 – July 2016
Including news of anger among business owners who fear they are being priced out of the borough; the winner of a new sustainability award; the closure of a hostel for homeless people; an interview with the founder of a local charity for abuse victims; a look at how food markets are boosting South Chingford; a botanical history tour; and fifth birthday celebrations for The Mill.

Issue 15 – June 2016
Including news of a Chinese charity that has been forced to find a new home; doubts over the impact of expanding of London City Airport; the reopening of Lea Bridge Station; an interview with Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith; a feature on the borough’s youth provision; a history piece looking at childhood in the interwar years; and a preview of Waltham Forest Green Open Homes.

Issue 14 – May 2016
Including news of demands to protect growing space; how residents can contribute to a new history project; the mixed reaction to a proposed town-centre skyscraper; a feature on a music producer who chose to make himself homeless; an interview with FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere; and an events article looking at the local electronic music scene.

Issue 13 – April 2016
Including news of a campaign against home evictions; the transformation of Lea Bridge Road; a street art picture spread; a feature on Wadham Lodge FC; an interview with anti-gangs worker Elroy Palmer; a history feature looking at maternity care 100 years ago; plus many more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 12 – March 2016
Including news of the return of an Art Deco landmark; fears over air pollution; a feature on Whipps Cross Hospital Radio; an interview with Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy; comment on the refugee crisis in Europe; a preview of a borough-wide growing festival; plus many more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 11 – February 2016
Including news on progress creating Walthamstow Wetlands; comment on the NHS junior doctors strike; an interview with a prominent climate change campaigner and violinist; features on Village Youth Club and the London Marathon; plus many more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 10 – January 2016
Including news on a ‘crisis’ for local charities; comment on the Mini Holland cycling scheme; an interview with an Afghanistan veteran; features on architecture and campaigns for climate justice; plus many more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 9 – December 2015
Including news on a PFI petition handed to health bosses; comment on delays to a voluntary sector review; an interview with artist Barnaby Barford; a feature on Forest Philharmonic Orchestra; plus more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 8 – November 2015
Including news on Mini Holland and doubling rail capacity; an interview with a Save Lea Marshes activist; features on The Salvation Army and Vestry House; comment on divestment and Met Police cuts; plus many more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 7 – September/October 2015
Including news on cuts to volunatry services, school expansions, end of life care; interviews with volunteers from Transition Leytonstone; features on Alfred Hitchcock, living on welfare; plus many more great articles about the Waltham Forest community.

Issue 6 – July/August 2015
Including new community spaces, public transport, environmental activism and many more stories about your area.

Issue 5 – May/June 2015
Including ethical fashion, self-build housing, the Stammering Association and many more stories about your area.

Issue 4 – March/April 2015
Including Hospital bosses quit as debt mounts, How to volunteer when you don’t have time, X marks the spot and many more stories about your area.

Issue 3 – Winter 2015
Including The Scene is Just the Start, Beating the Credit Crunch, The Art of Wood Street and many more stories about your area.

Issue 2 – Autumn 2014
Including Growing in Chingford, From Cinderella to Success, Walthamstow’s Wild Card, Your Friend in Bed and much more.

Issue 1 – Summer 2014
Including ‘Mini Holland’, Little Free Libraries, E17 Arts Trail, BeBop Baby, Couchsurfing and much more.