The Skatepark, Basketaball area and the new Bowling Green opened on Friday 11th May 2012. The remainder of the park is not expected to open until July.
Part of the park is expected to open this week but so far the council has made no announcement.
1. Telephone box - outside main gates to
Lloyd Park. Still no repairs made to the box. It has been vandalised and is
2. Work is proceeding on building the new circular road, in
front of the William Morris Gallery premises entrance.
continues on building the William Morris Gallery extension.
trees are being planted in the lawn area to the west of the William Morris
5. All of the park railings in Winns Terrace have now been
6. The former Walthamstow Bowls Club premises cellar has
been infilled with concrete.
7. 'Clay Path' (formerly know as the
'Night Path'), remains closed to the public.
8. Work on building the
'hub' ('Aveling Centre'), continues.
9. It appears that two new
outdoor table tennis tables, have been installed near the new
10. New trees are now being planted in areas near the new
11. The new skatepark remains fenced off, following its
completion (and to prevent persons using it prior to current restricted access
areas around the feature, being open to the public).
12. A panel in the
perimeter security fencing has been damaged, by the mesh being cut away from the
panel frame, therefore allowing access into the restricted area.
Two sets of basketball stands (4 stands), have now been installed on the
resurfaced hardstanding, in Aveling Fields.
14. The new bowling
clubhouse and green have been completed and externally, appear to be ready for
15. The large 'shed', formerly sited in the Gardeners Depot, in
Lloyd Park, has been dismantled and re-assembled in the Aveling Park, former
Landscape Gardeners Compound.
Please see attached file with the latest information from the Council.
1. The red telephone box at the
main gates to the park still remains vandalised and now the cash box as been
2. In the area immediately in front of the William
Morris Gallery, the new circular driveway is being built.
3. On the
lawn, fronting part of the area of the park facing Forest Road, large white
sheets have been laid, as part of the new landscaping changes. (It looks as if
large areas of the grass have snow lying on it!).
4. The hedge, which
was located between the Forest Road corner, and the entrance to the former
Sensory Garden, in Winns Terrace, has been removed.
5. A new brick
structure has been built in Lloyd Park, in the area where Winns Terrace and
Winns Avenue meet. I believe the structure houses electrical
At a meeting with the Council today we
were given the following information:
– more asbestos has been found in the gardens in front of the Gallery and this
has caused a further delay while it was removed. The area has now been cleared
and top soil is being spread ready for planting.
Dates – it is hoped that the skatepark and Bowls Pavilion will open soon.
Final snagging is being dealt with and the Council will have to sign off the
works before they can open the new facilities. Consideration has been given to
opening other parts early but it is impractical to arrange access so the
remainder of the park is on schedule for opening at the end of June.
Complaints and Security – once the park is open the
usual channels to report faulty equipment or broken items will be used. Park
Keepers will be on duty all the time the park is open so any issues should be
given to the duty Park Keeper.
Park – The Park Keepers will be responsible for opening and closing the
– consideration is being given to allowing meter payment parking on the park
side of Winns Terrace. The survey process will be starting soon.
Improvements – will be put in place around the entrances to enhance the
setting of the park.
Buildings – final agreement with Waltham Forest College about the detail of
how they are going to run the Hub buildings are in the final stages of
negotiation. We have insisted the Hub is up and running when the park re-opens.
1. No work has been done on repairing the telephone box at the park main
gates. The handset is damaged and cannot be used, and the missing panes of
glass have not been repaired.
2. Work on building the new extension
to the William Morris Gallery continues, with the brickwork completed (or nearly
completed), on the ground and first floors. It is on schedule to open in July.
3. In Winns Terrace, the
gates leading into the park (not the gates leading to the former bowls club or
sensory garden), have been blocked and a new entrance (a few yards towards the
junction with Forest Road), has been created.
4. The moat has been
partially refilled by the recent rainfall draining into the moat.
5. Work continues on building of the hub
6. Work on the new bowling green, and Pavilion,
appears to be well advanced, with benches now installed around the
green. It is expected to open in April.
8. Part of the wooden fence separating the two bowls greens,
has been removed.
9. The rear wall of the Aveling Park Bowls
Clubhouse (facing the new bowling green), has been repainted, thereby removing
the graffiti wall.
10. The wall at the rear of one part of the former
childrens play area (next to the hilly area originally for BMX cycle use), has
also been repainted, thereby also removing the graffiti on that wall.
Work on the new central path, running from Aveling Fields, into Lloyd Park,
and the Island, continues.
The council have given us this information:
There has been a severe problem with low
grade cement asbestos which years ago was used as fill in groundworks. It has
been found in unexpected areas which has caused construction delays. In
addition tree roots have been far worse than expected and these have had to be
pruned by hand to protect the trees. Asbestos was a very common building material since the 19th century because of
its sound absorption and fire retardant properties. By the mid 20th century its
uses included fire retardant coatings, concrete, bricks, pipes and fireplace
cement, heat, fire, and acid resistant gaskets, pipe insulation, ceiling
insulation, fireproof drywall, flooring, roofing, lawn furniture, and drywall
joint compound. It was not phased out until the 1970s. If
it is left where it is under the soil it is safe but not if it is dug up and
left in heaps for the wind to catch.
A basement was uncovered in the old
bowling club pavilion when it was demolished. As the project was not as far on
as had been hoped the snowy spell in February caused more delays. It is still
all going to be completed before the Olympics.
2. Bowls Pavilion, Skatepark and Aveling
The synthetic bowls green groundworks had
to be more extensive than expected but it is now nearly complete. Work is
continuing on the Bowls Pavilion and it is hoped this and the Skatepark and Aveling
Fields will be re-opened to the public during
April as originally planned.
3. Hub Buildings
Work is now 2 months behind schedule so the
Hub Building, which includes the toilets and café, and the new play area are not
expected to open until June.
4. Waltham Forest College
Detailed design work is now underway with
the College, not only about the café, but how the Art Gallery and the Training
room will be run. The contract with the College will be signed once the Hub
building work is completed. The College is fitting out the café at a cost to
them of £70,000. No firm date for the opening of the café is available yet.
5. Forest Road Entrance
As the delays have also impacted on the
gardens adjacent to the William Morris Gallery careful re-scheduling with the works
going on in the Gallery have become necessary. The Gallery is still expected to
open in July and high priority is
being given to getting the area around the Gallery completed in time.
6. Tennis Courts and Island
These are unlikely to be opened early due
to the paths having to be built and the new bridge to the island. This is an
advantage as the new planting will have more time to settle in. It is expected
this area will open in June.
7. Highways Work
Highway improvements are being planned, in particular
around the Cazenove entrance, and this work will be given a high priority in
next year’s programme (starts in April 2012) and is expected to be completed before
8. Interpretation Boards
A draft of the information on the interpretation
boards is expected to be available soon.
9. FOLP HQ
FOLP will be taking over the Park Keeper’s
office by the Lodge and a lease is being negotiated with the council.
1. New(ish) board at Forest Road entrance
shows artists impression of new William Morris Gallery extension wing, and shows
the re-opening date as July, this year.
2. BT telephone box at main
gates to park again vandalised, now with a total of 9 panes of glass 'put-in',
with glass littering the box interior and the handset smashed beyond use (wires
3. Half of the brick wall extending from the William Morris
Gallery, to the former bowling club-house, has now been demolished.
once occupied by the club-house is the site of the asbestos hazard, with fences
around it and notices warning of 'asbestos', affixed to those
5. Work is being undertaken on underground cables that
enter/exit the electricity sub-station, located near the entrance to the
pathway, running next to the Lloyd Park Centre. The route of the cables runs
into Lloyd Park.
6. In response to concerns i.e. puddles in the path
running alongside the Lloyd Park Centre, the Council have placed wood chippings?
(or 'mulch'?), along parts of that path, however there are still some areas in
the path that need the same infilling.
On Aveling Fields, a second layer of fencing is being erected, in response to
intrusions by skaters. The additional fencing is being strengthened, with
ground bars, and the front and rear fences are being linked together using
additional fence panels.
8. I observed a security worker patrolling the
area near the new skatepark (however there was no threat of intrustion as the
skatepark equipment was wet from rain, and skaters will not skate on a wet
9. The new skatepark has fence panels around it, and signs
affixed to them (unable to read the signs due to fading light and distance from
10. New tarmac has being laid along paths in Aveling
fields, and within the fenced off construction area (including the
11. The external structure of the new bio-mass
building (located in the Aveling Park, former Landscape Gardeners Compound), has
been completed, however unable to determine if plant inside is now
12. The Pavililion and new synthetic bowling green is now 3 months behind schedule.
13. Despite numerous requests since July 2011 FOLP has still not been given permission to visit the site so we are unable to provide any detail about the building works.
1. New skatepark - the concrete base has
been laid, and construction work continues.
2. Hub building - the
frame of the new building is now up.
3. Central/Island path - work
continues on building the path, which will connect the hub building, to the
4. New bridge - on either side of the bank, scaffolding poles
have been erected, in preparation for the building of the new
5. Tennis courts - construction work continues on building the
new tennis courts located next to and near the former Gardners Compound
6. New Community building - most of the external structure now
built, interior fitting out work underway.
7. New bowling green - base
and walls in place, works ongoing.
8. Fallen tree - a medium size tree
is lying flat in the path, which runs alongside the Lloyd Park Centre. It would
appear that the tree was one of several trees, lining the pathway. I presume
the wind blew it down.
9. New whips - no signs of vandalism
1. Work has commenced on the construction of the skatepark
(by Gravity Engineering Limited). A container has been positioned alongside the
site and foundation work has started.
2. Work has also commenced on
repainting the railings of the park, in Winns Terrace.
3. In the
pathway, leading from Winns Terrance/Winns Avenue, running alongside the Lloyd
Park Centre (LPC), into Aveling Fields, rain water on the surface resulted in
park users having to walk around a large puddle, that left only a thin strip of
dry land running alongside the LPC fence, to get around the puddle. As this is
the main entry and exit point to the park, from the Winns Terrance/Winns Avenue
point, the state of the path is of concern when either dry or wet.