The Plan

On March 31st 2016 we finally submitted a 3 year plan to the Local Trust for their approval.  It has been a long time coming and in order to do this we have been working hard to research, collate and take into account the thoughts, feelings and wishes of the local people.

We were really pleased to hear that the Local Trust were very impressed with our plan  and thought it was ambitious and innovative.    Below is part of the executive summary for you read more.  Beyond that you can find a downloadable version of the Executive Summary and the Full Plan.

The Plan: Executive Summary

Our Mission

Let’s Make St James Street the Best It Can Be

The St James Street area of Walthamstow is an amazing and unique place. We have a close-knit community, diverse shopping opportunities, beautiful buildings, excellent access to green spaces and wonderful transport connections. But together we can make it even better. Right now, too many people struggle to afford to live here or run a businesses in the area. People worry about the safety and wellbeing of themselves and their loved ones. Our local charities struggle to get by. The streets don’t reflect the full potential the area has to offer. And our close-knit community doesn’t come together to celebrate the area the way it should.

Now, we as local residents have been given a chance to make real and lasting change. The St James Street area was fortunate enough to receive £1 million in funding as part of the Big Local programme to spend over the next ten years, to enable residents and businesses to shape their community for the future. This plan represents the start of that journey — a rare opportunity for locals to directly improve the area in which they live.

What We’ve Done So Far

Over the last three years, the community has provided its thoughts on what should change. In a plan we’ve created based on resident wishes, those opinions, needs and desires are developed into four core themes — people, places, businesses and charities — on which the £1 million will be spent. Along the way, our neighbourhood will change for the better. We’ll see our community become more able to identify local needs and take action; residents acquire confidence and skills; our collective priorities turned into real initiatives.

Some of the community’s desires are ambitious. The plan describes how they will be put into motion over the coming years, allowing us to create a more cohesive community, renovated public space, thriving local businesses and successful charities. It will create a St James Street that we can continue to improve for years to come. Of course, now comes the hard part, because we all, as a community, have to do it. So if you’re interested in helping out, get in touch — and together we’ll ensure St James Street reaches its full potential and becomes a better place in which to live.

Olly Price Chair, St James Street Big Local 

The Plan Executive Summary will show you an over view of what we are expecting to do.

If you enjoy reading more then please feel free to read The Full Plan which includes our research so far along with what we hope to achieve  over the next 3 years and how we plan on doing it.

New plan- 2019- 2022

Over the last three years, we have achieved more than we thought possible in the local area, delivering highly visible flagship projects such as our Public Art programme, the High Street regeneration project with Heritage Lottery Fund, and collaborating with the Council on the Crate development in the heart of our area. We’ve disbursed 10 large Charities grants (5 focused on anti-social behaviour), almost 20 small Residents grants, and run a retail support programme with 18 local businesses. We have planted trees, installed benches, renovated noticeboards, run public events, and listened to make sure what we do to meet local wishes. We’re so proud of what we have achieved.

But there is always more to do. With this plan we are doubling down on some areas that we’ve always known are important, like public greening, trying to solve the problem spots where residents feel unsafe, increasing the diversity of our public events, and, of course, addressing antisocial behaviour across our four themes. We’re also going to kick start a bunch of new things, like introducing volunteering programme to enable local people, often with limited time, to contribute and be involved in community activities. We have introduced projects to increase health and well- being, invest in St James Park, and seek to proactively improve the reputation of our area among people who don’t live here and understand why we love it, and more.

Libbi Lee

You can have a look at our new plan here