Cockroach infested restaurant in Walthamstow forced to close

  Warning: vile pictures. Another filthy restaurant in Waltham Forest has been forced to close its doors after inspectors found it was covered in grease and infested with cockroaches. Palii Maamala’s on Hoe Street, Walthamstow was visited by council inspectors last week, who found cockroaches living in boxes of paper hats which were worn by…

Waltham Forest council pledges funding to increase wildlife in the borough

  Funding is being made available for every ward in Waltham Forest so that communities can deliver projects to establish and encourage bio-diversity in their local area. Waltham Forest council has made £1,000 available in each ward, which residents can bid for to spend on bio-diversity projects such as creating habitats for wildlife, opening up…

Fourth hedgehog spotted in Waltham Forest in five years

A large, healthy male hedgehog has been spotted in Walthamstow during a bat survey, raising hopes for the steadily declining species.  Hedgehogs are so rare that this is only the fourth time in five years that one has been recorded in the borough. It was seen in Walthamstow Wetlands, an area of natural habitat spanning…

Phannatiq: clothes for people

By Zey-Nyo Platt Walthamstow-based clothing designer Anna Skodbo talks about starting a business and the everyday objects that inspire her work Images: Stephen Berkeley White Anna Skodbo invites me into her home and workspace, which is as interesting and multi-faceted as the designer herself. Fallen mannequin body parts lay in the garden. A brightly coloured…

Three dogs crammed into tiny carrier and dumped in Walthamstow

The RSPCA has launched an emergency appeal after three dogs with terrible skin conditions were found by a woman on her doorstep in Walthamstow over the Bank Holiday weekend. The animal welfare charity was called to Fyfield Road, E17, on Sunday 28 August by a resident who discovered a small pink pet carrier outside her…

Takeaway reviews: Indian

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Butterfields Won’t Budge: the story so far

By Zey-Nyo Platt A group of Walthamstow residents fights for their right to live in the borough   It wasn’t until some residents from the Butterfields estate requested repairs to their properties that they realised something was wrong. Their estate agent Clarke Hillyer told the residents that getting things fixed would be “difficult” as they…

Urban retreat: Head and Hands in Walthamstow’s Central Parade

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Estate agents who charge hidden fees may be breaking the law

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Number of private tenants evicted in England nearly doubles in five years

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Affordable art for everyone: Leontia Gallery

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