Waltham Forest’s ambitions stretch beyond the Families Directorate and Social Workers. Waltham Forest offers all the opportunities you need to enjoy life in London. Those who have made it their home already know about our relative affordability, unique mix of urban vibrancy and green open spaces, and fantastic transport links with access to central London, Stratford and Europe.
In fact, commuting into central London and beyond couldn't be easier. We are served by direct rail and tube lines (Walthamstow Central is on the Victoria Line and Leyton is on the Central Line) into the major transport and shopping hubs of Stratford, Liverpool Street, Oxford Circus, King's Cross and St Pancras International. Stansted Airport can be reached via the M11 motorway in 45 minutes. The North Circular Road connects the borough to north west London and the M25 is around ten minutes away. Harwich and Dover ports are approximately two hours’ drive away.
Identified as an area for growth by the Mayor of London, the borough is in the north-east of the capital and borders Hackney, Redbridge, Newham, Haringey and Epping Forest in Essex to the north. We encompass huge geographic diversity. Urban, residential areas in the south contrast sharply with the wide-open spaces of the marshland, reservoirs and forests in the north and west regions adjoining the Lea Valley. Yet although residents have access to plenty of superb leisure facilities on their doorstep, the borough is distinctively urban, with a young, vibrant, multi-cultural community and a combination of Victorian and Edwardian terraces and high streets.
Waltham Forest is often referred to as an outer London borough with inner London challenges. Its geographic diversity is matched by its social and economic diversity: we are home to a high proportion of minority ethnic residents and there exist large variations in levels of deprivation and public health outcomes between wards within the borough. The Council's priorities commit us to reducing these social inequalities whilst fostering a strong and resilient sense of community – a task made all the more important following the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games last year.
We are investing heavily in four major regeneration areas and working with developers to build high quality housing and sustainable businesses. Huge physical and organisational works are underway to ensure that the borough is a world-class environment in which high quality services continue to be delivered with minimal disruption, and with an equal emphasis on 'people' as well as 'place'.