The Waltham Forest Growth Commission will publish its report on how to boost the borough's economy

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The findings of a study investigating ways to boost Waltham Forest’s economy will be published tomorrow.

The Waltham Forest Growth Commission, chaired by Professor Tony Travers, of the London School of Economics, will publish the findings tomorrow night after six months of work.

Recommendations in the independent report, which was commissioned by the council, are set to include the importance of the high street, skills and jobs, housing and land use, transport, and ways Waltham Forest can stand out in London, an authority spokesman said.

Professor Travers said: “Waltham Forest is an important part of London’s multi-billion pound economy, with significant potential for future development.

“When measured against many inner and central London boroughs, Waltham Forest has a modestly-sized economy.

“But as these inner and central parts of the city become more expensive and congested, there are significant economic improvements for the borough.”

Council leader Chris Robbins added: “We will do all we can to work with our partners to make Waltham Forest not only a place where our residents and businesses can prosper, but a place that we can all be proud of.”

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2:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

mdj says...

' Professor Travers said: “Waltham Forest...(has).. significant potential for future development.
“When measured against many inner and central London boroughs, Waltham Forest has a modestly-sized economy. '

The good professor is very diplomatic: in English translation, this means that 27 years of Labour domination have resulted in a stagnating economy, even by the dire standards of our neighbouring comparators.

He's a very able man who won't have undertaken this task lightly.
But will his labours have the same outcome as the much-heralded planning strategy for the High St area commissioned from the Prince of Wales' Foundation a few years ago?
What happened to that, once the camera crews had gone home?
' Professor Travers said: “Waltham Forest...(has).. significant potential for future development. “When measured against many inner and central London boroughs, Waltham Forest has a modestly-sized economy. ' The good professor is very diplomatic: in English translation, this means that 27 years of Labour domination have resulted in a stagnating economy, even by the dire standards of our neighbouring comparators. He's a very able man who won't have undertaken this task lightly. But will his labours have the same outcome as the much-heralded planning strategy for the High St area commissioned from the Prince of Wales' Foundation a few years ago? What happened to that, once the camera crews had gone home? mdj
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2:15pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

No Study is needed to establish that successive Labour Councils have singlehandedly destroyed business in Waltham Forest, with massive Business Rate rises, I'll thought out planning regulations, handing out liquor licences like confetti, lack of control over the establishment of bookmakers, loan and cheque cashing shops, poor and unhygienic take away shops, encouraging anti-social behaviour, draconian parking enforcement and mismanagement. This is even continuing as we speak, they are allowing cheap depressing 'pound shops' to open in the new high street site, instead of trying to encourage better quality business with incentives. In Mare Street Hackney, quality premises are opening and boosting the local economy. Waltham Forest Councillors do not have a clue what to do except waste public money on ill thought out schemes and failed projects.

The almost ruined the William Morris Gallery, neglected the Granada Cinema, lost the Dog Track and many other treasures belonging to the Borough. They are a disgrace but of course will be voted back in by the irrational voting of the population.
No Study is needed to establish that successive Labour Councils have singlehandedly destroyed business in Waltham Forest, with massive Business Rate rises, I'll thought out planning regulations, handing out liquor licences like confetti, lack of control over the establishment of bookmakers, loan and cheque cashing shops, poor and unhygienic take away shops, encouraging anti-social behaviour, draconian parking enforcement and mismanagement. This is even continuing as we speak, they are allowing cheap depressing 'pound shops' to open in the new high street site, instead of trying to encourage better quality business with incentives. In Mare Street Hackney, quality premises are opening and boosting the local economy. Waltham Forest Councillors do not have a clue what to do except waste public money on ill thought out schemes and failed projects. The almost ruined the William Morris Gallery, neglected the Granada Cinema, lost the Dog Track and many other treasures belonging to the Borough. They are a disgrace but of course will be voted back in by the irrational voting of the population. Villagecranberry
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6:28pm Mon 24 Mar 14

NTiratsoo says...

According to the Council website, in ‘six months of work’ (as the WF Guardian describes it), the Commission has met just three times; while the only person who it has spoken to at any length seems to be property developer Michael Polledri – see here http://www.walthamfo
rest.gov.uk/growthco
mmission

All that hardly bodes well.

And lets not forget that Navigant produced a fairly comprehensive report on the local economy in 2010, which cost us a lot, yet just gathered dust.

But, more fundamentally, to be convincing, Prof. Travers and his team will need to move beyond policy, and discuss why it is that LBWF consistently has been poor at delivery – as witnessed by the NRF/BNI, Worknet and E11 BID Co. fiascos, amongst others. That, in turn, means straying into the field of politics, and more precisely the failures of political leadership.

Few consultants critique their paymasters, even implicitly.

What’s the betting?
According to the Council website, in ‘six months of work’ (as the WF Guardian describes it), the Commission has met just three times; while the only person who it has spoken to at any length seems to be property developer Michael Polledri – see here http://www.walthamfo rest.gov.uk/growthco mmission All that hardly bodes well. And lets not forget that Navigant produced a fairly comprehensive report on the local economy in 2010, which cost us a lot, yet just gathered dust. But, more fundamentally, to be convincing, Prof. Travers and his team will need to move beyond policy, and discuss why it is that LBWF consistently has been poor at delivery – as witnessed by the NRF/BNI, Worknet and E11 BID Co. fiascos, amongst others. That, in turn, means straying into the field of politics, and more precisely the failures of political leadership. Few consultants critique their paymasters, even implicitly. What’s the betting? NTiratsoo
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