Waltham Abbey Community Campaigns
A group of Waltham Abbey campaigners working to make our town even better. Supporting good ideas, opposing bad ones.
Started 3 petitions
Protect Waltham Abbey's Library Services
Essex County Council has announced plans to close 25 libraries and to turn a further 19 over to be run by local communities to save money. Waltham Abbey's library could have its hours cut from the current 48 per week to just 16, with the majority of staff expected to be volunteers. This could drastically reduce accessibility for working families, put community facilities such as drop-ins under threat and throw away years of experience gained by our paid, dedicated librarians. We, the undersigned, call on Essex County Council to preserve Waltham Abbey Library's current hours, services and paid staffing levels. Make sure that you complete the consultation: https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation/ Then sign the Essex-wide petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-essex-libraries
Extend the 13 bus to Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow
We the undersigned request The Swallow Coach Company to extend their 13 service, which currently runs from Waltham Cross Bus Station to Epping St Margaret’s Hospital, to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. Why this is important There is currently only one service covering Waltham Abbey to Harlow, the 86, which is infrequent, finishes at 18:15 and no longer serves Princess Alexandra Hospital. This has a particular impact on elderly and mobility impaired hospital patients, along with their visitors. The lack of frequent bus services also affects potential Harlow College students – we are aware of young people having to choose other colleges purely because of the lack of public transport to Harlow. Increased bus services could also reduce traffic on London Road, which currently gets heavily congested.
Save Waltham Abbey's Green Belt, roads & environment from the Next development EPF/1413/18
We the undersigned oppose building a Next Distribution Centre in Waltham Abbey, application no. EPF/1413/18, on these grounds: We oppose the use of green belt land - building on the proposed site will lead to a loss of green space, wildlife habitat and crop yield Increased traffic will lead to more pollution, more congestion and more damage to our roads Economic benefits, including employment and tax revenue, may have been overstated and don't take many wider costs into account. What to expect if the development goes ahead Traffic chaos – Waltham Abbey already suffers from serious traffic congestion and cannot take any more. Over 700 extra HGVs per day – if these were to be queued bumper-to-bumper the Next HGV queue would stretch for over 7 miles (the same distance as Waltham Abbey to Loughton). Loss of Green Belt – the development would mean an irreplaceable loss of farmland. The Green Belt grows 52% of the UK's food yet there is still a £30 billion annual food trade deficit. Loss of Wildlife Habitat – the development would lead to the loss of trees and hedgerows. 1 in 10 types of wildlife are facing extinction. The damage to wildlife habitats is unlikely to be adequately mitigated. Reduction in Air Quality – the vehicles serving the distribution centre are responsible for highly damaging emissions which is a danger to the health of Waltham Abbey residents, contributes to global warming and causes permanent damage to the environment. For more information about the proposed development and ways you can help please visit the Waltham Abbey Community Campaigns website: walthamabbeycampaigns.org.uk/next/