former Lion and Key
A few years ago the owners of the Lion and Key pub got permission to turn it into a mental health drop in centre. The Council was pleased as the façade of the pub was kept and a useful health facility was built. Local residents were pleased as they were not now woken up with disturbances from the pub.
Well, can you believe it, the Council has now agreed that the building can be turned into a hotel and has recently agreed a further floor can be built on the top. Focus is not aware of any consultation on this with local residents.
It is more bizarre as only last year they refused a planning application to turn the old Graylaw House site, which is only a stone’s throw from the Lion and Key, into a hotel.
What is the Council up to!
Focus will be investigating and will report back.
Council decides to limit child abuse checks
Waltham Forest Councillors will no longer be the subject of checks to protect our vulnerable children and adults unless they meet them once a week or more than 3 days per month or between the hours of 2am and 6am.
All councillors are Corporate Parents to all of the children in Council care, so they should actively safeguard and protect those who are looked after. Abuse of children has now been shown to have taken place for many years in and out of Council homes across the country. It is important therefore that residents are confident that all of our all Councillors should have a criminal records check even if they never work with children or only do so rarely.
Councillors are people who can be trusted with our children.
Former Liberal Democrat Group Leader Bob Sullivan says, ‘All councillors therefore should be checked.’