For those interested in having a say in shaping your neighbourhood you might want to consider the benefits of developing a Neighbourhood Plan for your area.
These are community led Plans, which the Council must take into consideration alongside their own policies in their Local Plan when they make planning decisions.
The Government have provided detailed advice about Neighbourhood Planning on their website http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/blog/guidance/neighbourhood-planning/
Historic England’s website contains more specific guidance on how Neighbourhood Plans can be used to enhance the historic environment: https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/planning/plan-making/improve-your-neighbourhood/.
Please join the Wanstead Flat Pickers on Sunday 29th May 2016 for a community litter pick initiative.
Meet at Capel Road, opposite the Golden Fleece pub.
Pick starts at 11 am – 12.30 pm. All help is appreciated to keep our beautiful flats litter free. Please volunteer ten minutes or an hour of your time. Its surprisingly fun!
Free hot drinks in the Fleece for all litter pickers!
Future 2016 dates: 29th May, 26th June, 31st July, 28th August, 25th September, 20th October.
Thank you Leslie for litter picking weekly on Manor Park Flats. Much appreciated.
We highly recommend the annual firework display on Wanstead Flats to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. This year it will take place on Sunday the 1st November 2015. Please don’t miss this FREE event. It is usually fabulous. This year the display will be choreographed to music from 1965 up to present to celebrate 50 years of Newham.
You can get a spectacular view by just walking onto the flats by Capel Road.
Wrap up warmly and enjoy a great evening out.
When: Sunday the 1st November 2015. Display starts at at 6.30pm
Where: Wanstead Flats, the dazzling pyrotechnics takes place closer to Forest Gate but you can get a very good view from the flats by Capel Road.
Why: Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpower Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. (Wikipedia)
Guy Fawkes Night 2015
The Manor Park Fitness Centre, due to open early June 2015, is offering founder members the cut-price £12.50 a month for life. The offer is available until 30th April 2015. To register your interest please click on the Active Newham link
The Manor Park Fitness Centre will be open from 6.30am to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday and 8.00am to 8.00pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.
The exciting new gym will feature state-of-the-art health and fitness equipment including:
• Outdoor SynrgyBluesky training zone
• 50 exercise machines
• Large, well-equipped free weights area
• Virtual group cycling studio
• Stretch area
• Themed exercise areas
• Power plate machines
Manor Park Fitness Centre
464 High Street North
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has pledged £177,534 to turn the former Manor Park Library into affordable artist studios, reports the Newham Recorder. The listed building has been vacant for over two years. The investment comes from the High Street Fund for community-led projects
Manor Park Library Newham Recorder Link
A meeting has been arranged to look at plans and give views on the improvements around Manor Park Station to be funded by Crossrail.
You are warmly invited.
When: Tuesday 7 April 2015 at 7.00 pm
Where: 395 High St North (formerly the Shalom Centre), room 6.
Additionally some of us will meet up on Friday 13 March at 4.30 pm, starting at Manor Park Station. Please feel free to come along.
Please join Friends of Manor Park Village as the group ‘Love Bomb’ the young Oak tree (corner of Carlton Road and Clarence Road) on Valentine’s Day – Saturday 14th February 2015.
The aim is to show our love and appreciation for this young tree by hanging hand-crafted concrete hearts on its branches. If you feel creative please bring your own heart shapes along.
What: Love Bomb struggling Oak trees in the area.
When: 11am meet-up on Valentine’s Day – Saturday 14th February 2015.
Where: Young Oak tree on Carlton Road / Clarence Road, E12. We are also hoping to Love Bomb the struggling tree opposite the Aquatic Centre on Romford Road.
Why: Using positive imagerty we’d like to show the broader community we care about these trees and hope that they are given a chance to thrive in the future without piles of rubbish being dumped around them.
Friends of Manor Park Village has received a response from our MP, Stephen Timms, who requested information about two sites on Romford Road.
Vacant site at the junction of Manor Park Road and Romford Road
“The site at Manor Park Road and Romford Road is know as 559 to 663 Romford Road. The council received a planning application (ref:14/02403/LA3) to redevelop the subject site on 24th November 2014. The application sought full planning permission to build seven shared equity homes, comprising of two 2-bedroom maisonette and five 2-bedroom flats. The application was recently considered by the Council’s Local Development Committee on 19th January 2015 and the council formally granted planning permission on 20th January 2015.
The properties at 725 – 729 Romford Road
Council response: “With regards of the properties of 725 – 729 Romford Road, those are in private ownership and not owned by the Council. The council received a request in 2014 from the owners of the site for pre-application planning advice regarding the prospect of a new hotel containing 50 bedrooms and a coffee bar. At this time it is unknown at what stage the owners are at for the preparation and submission of any planning application.”
To search and comment on planning applications please go to the link below.
Whether you live or work in Manor Park, why not drop in and meet the Community Neighbourhood team based at Manor Park Library, 685-693 Romford Road, and have a coffee on Tuesday the 13th January 2015 from 10.30am to 12 noon.
Not only can you get information on all the services within the local neighbourhood as well as Neham, but it is an informal chance to meet local councillors and colleagues such as health, education, police or council workers, who are based in Manor Park that might just pop in that morning as well.
Wanstead Flats Community Clean-up Event
Supported by Cleanup UK
Join local residents and other volunteers at Wansteads Flats on Sunday 25th January 2015.
Accompanied children welcome. Equipment and refreshments will be provided.
Meet at: The Golden Fleece Pub, 166 Capel Road, London E12 5DB
Time: 11:00 am – 1:.00 pm
Note: This will become a regular event taking place every last Sunday of the month.
facebook.com/cleanupcrew.uk / twitter.com/cleanup_UK / www.cleanupuk.org.uk
Established East London is back! The popular pop-up shop supported by the Crafts Council is now at Westfield in Stratford and Manor Park Village has designer / makers exhibiting.
The store was launched on 15th December and will run until Sunday 21st December 2014. It is open between 10am-10pm and is located on the 1st floor, three shops down from John Lewis.
If you feel inspired and would like to exhibit another year, please get in touch with: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please come along to the free weekly Wanstead Flats 5km timed park run. It’s you against the clock!
What: A 5km run around Wanstead Flats.
When: Every Saturday at 9:00am.
Where: It’s run at Wanstead Flats Playing Fields, Harrow Road, London, E11 3QD.
Costs: Nothing – it’s free but please register before your first run.
Register: Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). http://parkrun.org
Speed: We all run for our own enjoyment so no pressure. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Volunteers: It is entirely organised by volunteers – email email@example.com to help.
Friendly: Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Harrow Road Pavilion – please come and join us.
Celebrate the festive season at Manor Park Library!
When: Saturday 20th December 11am – 4pm
Where: Manor Park Library, 685-693 Romford Road, E12 5AD
What: A Christmas market and a range of papering, heath and information stalls.
For further information please email Andrew.Richardson@newham.gov.uk
The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan has confirmed that £141million will be committed to help deliver the Mayor’s ‘Olympicopolis’ vision.
This will create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, bringing together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.
University College London (UCL) will create a new university campus to the south of the Arcelor Mittal Orbit. The University of the Arts London will establish a new campus on Stratford Waterfront opposite the Aquatics Centre. The Waterfront site will also house new locations for Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells.
The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, chair of the Six Growth Boroughs, said: “This new cultural hub further cements Newham’s investment in the former Olympic Stadium as a lasting legacy for our residents, London and the nation. As well as offering a huge number of jobs for local people, it will offer a significant boost to East London’s economy for years to come. The educational potential of the ‘Olympicopolis’ project will inspire our young people to look at the wider opportunities available to them.”
On Saturday the 29th of November 2014 residents of Manor Park Village planted 1,000 bulbs around the area.
In the Spring we can expect to see:
Many thank you to everyone who got involved.
Madeleine, we loved your cake! It went well with the mulled wine after a day of planting.
Preparing to plant the bulbs around Manor Park Village
Please come along to the Christmas open day on Sunday the 7th December 2014 at The Old Slate Yard in Forest Gate.
You can expect carol singing, face-painting, BBQ, mulled wine, hot chestnuts, candy stall, popcorn, home-made cakes, hot and cold drinks.
Gifts such as Christmas arrangements and plants can be purchased. They also offer 10% off any Christmas tree and / or door wreaths bought on the day. Free local delivery.
Time: 11am – 7pm, carol singing supported by St Marks Church starts at 4pm
Place: The Old Slate Yard, The Railway Arches, 460 Serbert Road, Forest Gate, London E7 ONW
The Mayor of London has awarded over £28 million to transform areas around Crossrail stations. Manor Park will receive £1.39 million and it will be used to simplify the streetscape with high-quality materials.
The proposals are for Station Road to benefit from a granite setts surface treatment fronting the station, traffic calming elements to be introduced and a new zebra crossing added.
The design will enhance the physical quality and appearance of the station forecourt and approach with new, robust materials that create a consistent pedestrian route between the stations and key destinations in the area.
The interchange will be improved with wider footways at the bus stops and additional bus standing space, cycle parking closer to the station entrance and a cycle hub on a vacant plot of land opposite the station.
Manor Park station is characterised by its proximity to the park itself on one side and the bustling life of Romford Road on the other.
Currently the surrounding urban environment is in a poor state of repair, with uneven surfaces, tired street furniture and a lack of a coherent treatment. The road outside the station is excessively wide and the retail outlets in the area are generally of a low quality.
There is scope to improve connections to and from the station, introduce some trees and planting to soften what is currently a very hard urban setting and potential to extend the improvements up to the Romford Road junction.
Architect’s impression of proposed Urban Realm changes to Manor Park station.
Architect’s impression of proposed Urban Realm changes to Manor Park station.
Architect’s impression of proposed Urban Realm changes to Manor Park station.
Manor Park station plan
A big thank you to the residents who turned up on a rainy Saturday to plant 350 rosebushes around Manor Park Village. Well done to all of us!
Also a special thank-you to our MP, Stephen Timms, who put in a couple of hours to help us dig, plant and prune.
We would also like to mention the help we’ve received from SERCO’s Rob Halsey, who brought us tons of mulch and green bags.
Not forgetting Natasha from The Old Slate Yard, who donated compost and soil and Isobelle, who treated the gang to home-made pumpkin soup.
See you all next week for bulb planting!
Friends of Manor Park Village would like to encourage anyone living in the area to use the app, Love Newham, which can easily be downloaded for free onto any smartphone or tablet and ensures environmental issues can be flagged immediately. They are then automatically directed to the right department within the council to action.
Love Newham App
It is very user-friendly and it works!
A Lapland Bunting has been spotted on Wanstead Flats, a bird species that breeds in Scandinavia. A small numbers visit the east coast of England and Scotland in winter. This is the first time it has been recorded to have landed on Wanstead Flats. It has previously been heard flying by but this time it stayed for a couple of days in the long grassland near Alexandra Lake.
This grassland is very important for wildlife, not least for Skylarks. Wanstead Flats has the most important population of this farmland species anywhere in inner London.
If you want to find out more about local wildlife please take a look at the Wren Conservation Group’s website. Wren Conservation Group
Lapland Bunting on Wanstead Flats. Photo: Nick Croft
On Saturday the 4th October 2014 our local MP Stephen Timms (Labour East Ham) met with residents of Manor Park Village in the Community Garden.
Many ideas were shared despite the heavy downpour. Topics ranged from the positive effect Crossrail will have on the area and the current state of the high street. But mainly it was a chance to put a face to a name for future collaborations.
Stephen Timms expressed an interest in attending the next committee meeting.
A big thank you to everyone who participated!
Here is a link to our MP’s website:
Together We Will Make Manor Park Village Flower Again
Friends of Manor Park Village has been successful in obtaining two Let’s Get The Party Started grants from Newham Council and are currently busy planning two gardening days in our neighbourhood. If you want to be involved with the planning please get in touch, see form below. Otherwise keep one (or both) of the dates free and help us make a difference.
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – clear all rose beds of weed and dead plants, pruning and soil improvement (rose feed and compost) and planting the barerooted Ramanus Rose Rosa Rugosa
Saturday 29th November 2014 – planting spring bulbs such as crocuses and daffodils and mulching
The events will run between 11 am to 3 pm (or for how long it takes … )
Everyone is welcome. If you can’t get involved with the gardening, offering teas and soft drinks to volunteers would be welcome or show your appreciation in any other way!
A great way to meet your neighbours and make new friends.
To get involved please fill in the form.
Manor Park Village Cake & Tea Party
Saturday 30th August 2014 between 2pm – 4.30pm
Manor Park Community Garden, crossing between Durham Road and Manor Park Road, E12 5AY.
Help fundraise for our Community Garden and the Friends of Manor Park Village group by donating a cake and bring any unwanted gifts for the table top sale.
A great way to meet your neighbours and make new friends!
Seed Sowing Event on Wednesday 13th August 2014 between 1:00 – 4.00pm
Make a Pot
Sow Some Cress
Take Home to Grow
Manor Park Community Garden, crossing between Manor Park Road and Durham Road, London E12 5AY
Manor Park Community Garden was set up in 2012 on a vacant site next to the sorting office near Manor Park station by a group of local residents united by a love of gardening and a desire to bring local people together.
Friends of Manor Park Village is a community forum set up by residents of the Durham Road Conservation Zone with the aim to organise community events and look after green spaces around Manor Park.
We also have a Manor Park Village Google Group. If you are already a member click on link to enter the group page Manor Park Village Google Group.
To join please email firstname.lastname@example.org