John Walsh and Fred Wigg - Frequently asked Questions
Why this estate?
The Montague Road Estate was identified as an
area in need of improvement in the borough’s Priority Estates
Review in 2010. The estate was built in 1966 and is in need of
investment due to its age and a number of design flaws that make it
difficult for residents to live in.
Why hasn’t the investment been made
Whilst the estate was earmarked in need of
investment in late 2010 through the borough’s Priority Estates
Review no money was available to carry out any major works at that
time. There is now a limited amount of funding available for the
Council to work in partnership with Waltham Forest Housing to
improve the estate.
Will Fred Wigg and John Walsh towers be knocked
No, we hope to develop an improvement
programme with you that will improve the estate, and deal with the
problems that you would like to see fixed without the need for the
homes to be demolished.
How long will we have to wait for the works to take
We know that residents want to see the place
where they live improved, and we will work with them to make sure
that we come up with a good plan. Depending on the type of works
that take place we would hope that these would start in late
What happens to the maintenance issues that need to be
The Council will work to address any on-going
maintenance concerns and work with residents to ensure that the
estate is looked after ahead of the improvement works starting.
Will I have to move out of my home?
It is likely that when the improvement works
take place that there will be some disruption to residents. We will
try and keep any disruption to a minimum, but until we know what
type of improvements will take place we cannot give specific
details about how they will affect you. We think that it is
unlikely that most residents will have to move out permanently if
they wish to remain in their homes. There will be more
specific information about how you will be affected as the project
Can I move out of the estate?
The Council is looking at ways in which
residents could move to other areas in the borough if they choose
to. Obviously the available social housing in the borough is
limited and in high demand so this might not be possible.
How do I get involved?
The Council will form a steering group made up
of residents elected representative from Fred Wigg and John Walsh
towers. They will plan a key role in shaping plans, feeding back
other residents’ ideas and keeping everybody informed. To nominate
yourself for membership of the steering group please contact Keith
Gresham on 020 8496 5401 or Meera Kumar on 020 8496 5592.
In addition there will be a host of
opportunities for you to get involved. Along with regular
consultation events and newsletters, a Project Shop manned by
officers from the Council and Waltham Forest Housing will be
opening on the estate shortly. This will be the perfect place for
you to find out the latest information and look at plans as they
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