Highams Park Forum
The Highams Park Forum was created following a public meeting held by Waltham Forest Council in September 2000. It works as a "Think Tank", aiming to act as a focus for local community issues, discussing ways of improving the quality of life in Highams Park, seeking answers to Community problems, and steering the implementation of measures which result.
The Forum meets 8 times each year to discuss local issues, initiate action and provide a coordinated response on local developments. It is now particularly important as the boundaries of the Community Councils divide Highams Park into three areas, and it is impractical to take issues of local concern to all three meetings. The Forum is able to give more time to detailed local issues than would be possible for the Community Councils.
Members of the Forum have included a representative number of residents and traders who joined following the public meeting in October 2000, at which the Council invited interested people to put themselves forward, together with other local residents who have joined subsequently. Members are entirely voluntary and in general act as individuals. They represent a variety of backgrounds and a range of opinions on issues, and so give a balanced view of the community. However, the Forum seeks to achieve the involvement of all sections of the local community in local activities and decision making.
The Forum is non political – it gives advice to the Council, but any decisions go through the Council’s approval procedures, and/or will go to a public meeting to which all residents of Highams Park will be invited. The Forum has no decision making powers itself.
Highams Park is one community and needs a coordinated voice on local issues, to liaise effectively with the Council and other bodies such as the railway and the Forest Conservators.
Other topics we have discussed include:
If you'd like to get involved with the work of the Forum, please email us via the "Contact us" link on this page (top-left). New members are always very welcome.
Minutes of Forum meetings are available in the library as well as this web site.