Liveable Neighbourhoods – Coppermill

Waltham Forest Council successfully secured funding from Transport for London as part of its Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, to enhance the Coppermill area and make it easier and safer for people to get around on foot, by bike or public transport.

The Coppermill area is bounded by Forest Road and the Walthamstow Wetlands to the north, Blackhorse Road, St James Street and Markhouse Road as far as Saint Saviour’s Church to the east and the Lower Lea Valley Park to the west.

In the July 2018 we launched a perception survey to understand how residents, visitors and businesses felt about the area and how they travel around it. The results of this survey can be found in the box to the right.

During the autumn of 2018 we piloted our first community comments signs,
inviting residents and businesses to write their thoughts about seven key
locations identified through the perception survey, and held a number of
pop-up events in the area to speak with local people. We also hosted a led
cycle ride and walk of the area.

In April 2019 we held two co-design workshops with local residents, businesses and accessibility groups where participants were able give their views on initial concepts for improvements.  

How to get involved

For the past 12 months we have been engaging with residents, businesses, local accessibility groups and key stakeholders to find out what they would like to see improved. Based on this feedback we have created a set of proposals for the area. We ran a public consultation on the proposals for everyone who lives or works in the area to have their say to help shape the final improvements.  

Coppermill Lane trials

Throughout May 2019 we trialed two potential new road layouts on a section of Coppermill Lane for two weeks each, to establish whether proposed changes will make the street safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and meet the needs of local businesses. 

Essex Road public space improvements

We have identified a number of improvements that we would like to progress in advance of the main scheme, particularly those that build on the previous work we have done in the area over the last 12 to 18 months.

Following a successful drop-in event in Essex Road in May we are taking forward our plans to extend the public space improvements from the north side of the Essex Road railway bridge through to the south side, as well as improving the current junction layout with South Access Road.

Work will begin on Monday 1 July 2019 on Essex Road junction with Lynmouth Road. When the majority of these works are complete we will move on to improving the junction with South Access Road.

Public consultation:

On 24 June 2019 over 5000 leaflets were delivered to addresses within the scheme boundary, informing the local community of the public consultation and inviting them to participate. The consultation ran between 24 June 2019 and 14 July 2019 and was primarily hosted online via the digital engagement platform Commonplace, with hard copies available upon request.

We publicised the consultation by a variety of methods such as flyers, local and social media; and during the consultation period we held two drop-in sessions for the local community to find out more about the scheme; 96 people attended the drop-in events in total.

Over the last few months we have been analysing the feedback received to the public consultation, alongside further technical design development work, to help shape the final design for the area. As part of this process we have been working with TfL to ensure they support our approach and the proposals that have been developed.

Please see the 'Coppermill Area improvement updates leaflet' located in the Useful Documents tab on this page for information on improvements being implemented.

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If you have any questions relating to the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme, do get in touch.

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Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme Team
Waltham Forest Council
Low Hall Argall Avenue
E10 7AS

Phone - 020 8496 3000. Monday to Friday 9am–5pm.

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