Be alert! Recent burglaries and attempted break-ins.

February and March has seen a spate of burglaries and attempted break-ins in our area. There has been a burglary in Malvern Road and another attempted through an upstairs bathroom window. There was also an attempted break-in in Ferndale Road where garden implements taken from a neighbouring property were used to try to force entry.

Residents in both Malvern and Ferndale Roads have reported seeing an intruder in their back gardens at various times over the same period. Obviously the police are doing their best to find the criminals but let’s do what we can to protect ourselves and follow the police advice:

▪ Lock up any garden tools and secure ladders so they can’t be used to break in.

▪ Make sure your home looks inhabited from both front and back when you go out (lights and radios on timers are good for this).

▪ Make sure windows are locked, including on the first floor.

▪ Lock front and back doors, even when you’re at home, as burglars have gained entry while residents are present.

▪ Don’t leave keys within reach of the front door as some burglars use ‘fishing’ techniques to hook keys through the letterbox.

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Food Bank donation drive

Ferndale Area Residents Association organised another food bank drive just before Christmas. We were overwhelmed by your generosity. The donations filled the whole of the back of the car with the seats folded down!

To make a donation, or to refer a family in need, please contact Leytonstone Children’s Centre on 020 8496 2960, 8 Cathall Road, E11 4LF.


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City Airport face barrage of criticism from packed public meeting over its failure to consult on flight path changes

London City Airport came in for a barrage of criticism last night (24th November 2014) from residents over its failure to consult residents about its plans to change its flight paths at a packed meeting in St Andrews Church in Leytonstone.  Leytonstone would be one of the areas worst affected by the airport’s decision to concentrate its flights paths.

London City has refused to leaflet or hold public meetings in the areas affected.  It has simply put technical information on its website.  Last night’s meeting was staged by FORA, a local residents’ association.  It follows a Wanstead meeting organized by the campaign group HACAN East two weeks ago.

Other areas affected if the changes go through would be Bow, Leyton, Leytonstone, Wanstead and parts of Havering and Dagenham.  South of the river Eltham, Catford, Dulwich, Brixton, Stockwell and Vauxhall are in the line of fire.

The residents have won the backing of the London Assembly, Redbridge Council and leading Waltham Forest councillors.

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “This is a battle we increasingly believe we can win.  We are calling on the airport to carry out a fresh consultation.  We also want the airport to vary the flight paths so everybody gets some respite from the noise.”

The full consultation is at   It started on 4th September and runs until 27th November 2014.

For further information: John Stewart 0207 737 6641; 07957385650.

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Halloween 2014


With Halloween coming up, it is worth bearing in mind advice from Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Bill Nesbit. He suggests that children don’t go out trick and treating without being accompanied by an adult.

If you do not want any trick or treat callers, posters are available which can be printed off and displayed in your window. See Halloween-Window-Poster.  If you don’t have internet access, contact your street co-ordinator.

To report a crime in progress, dial 999. Ring 101 for other crimes. The Safer Neighbourhood Teams can be contacted on 020 8721 2036 (Cann Hall) and 020 8721 2874 (Leytonstone).

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Street Party 2014

Street party 3 Street party 2 Street party 1 Food bank 2 Food bank Street party  badge

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FARA review of the year – 2013

by Flash Bristow

I was proud to be elected chair of FARA in 2013 for a fourth year.

We continued with our regular activities – such as the discount scheme and newsletters, and also offered a range of events. As well as last year’s summer picnic, there was a bluebell walk earlier this year, and we participated in the annual Waltham Forest Springclean event.

However, the biggest success was surely our foodbank drive, organised by Liz Dawson, which was kicked off by a jewellery sale and then went on to collect donations of food and toiletries for the festive period – some were essentials, and we also included some treats. All told we filled 34 carrier bags, so thank you very much to all who contributed.

FARA also works closely with the police, passing on our concerns about local anti-social behaviour and relaying the Safer Neighbourhood Team news and crime statistics. This is part of our responsibility as a Neighbourhood Watch. There will be a crime report later in this meeting, however it is noteworthy that we have a very low level of reported crime compared to similar areas, and in some months over the last year there were no crimes reported at all.

We have continued our regular work liaising with local groups such as the staff at Edward House hostel.

FARA continues to respond to consultations and planning issues in our area. Members attended and spoke at planning hearings relating to both the Davies Lane School and Lincolns sites, and we liaise with the site managers of both locations. We also worked with councillors regarding the parking bay outside the CAC church in Ferndale Road, in order to keep times of use appropriate.

As you can see it’s been another busy year for FARA, and hope that the next year will be even better.  Mark your diaries for 10 August as Liz is organising a play day in Ferndale Road, and look out for our newsletters!

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Save the skylarks of Wanstead Flats

skylarkWanstead Flats has the only breeding population of skylarks in Inner London. But as ground-nesting birds they are very vulnerable to disturbance by people and dogs during their breeding season, which is from the beginning of March through to late August. Therefore, we are politely requested to stick to the main paths and keep dogs on a lead when passing their breeding area, which is the longer grass to the west of the main football pitches and the east of Centre Road. See the leaflet for more information.
Skylark Leaflet

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From Presents to Swag – a cautionary Christmas message

By Bill Nisbet, Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator

With the Christmas holiday season almost upon us, now is a good time to remind ourselves to take steps to make sure our Christmas isn’t spoiled by criminals.

Criminals take the opportunities afforded them by the extra shopping that we do, the hustle and bustle of town centres, as we rush around, and the value of the goods we buy as presents, and store in our homes, until the big day. We might also be more trusting and generous at Christmas when requests for charity are made, giving the unscrupulous a chance to collect for their own causes.

So what can we do?

The advice below is often common sense, but you might overlook it in your haste to get everything ready. We have applied normal crime prevention advice to Christmas.

Out Shopping

When the shops are crowded, the pickpocket has more chance to steal from you. If you can’t arrange to shop during less busy times, make sure you stay alert and be extra careful with your wallet or purse. Never keep them in accessible and vulnerable rear trouser pockets.

If you have too many bags you will be too busy trying to hold on to these to be aware of anyone stealing from you. You could try to make smaller shopping trips rather than do it all at once and carry too much. Have your purse/wallet close to your body and don’t carry too much cash. The same applies to travelling on crowded buses or trains. If you travel by car, make sure you park in a well- lit area, lock all doors and windows and do not leave presents in view. Try not to return to your car to leave purchases in the boot before continuing with your shopping trip as thieves may well watch car parks for just such a chance. Arrange to collect heavy items from stores when you have finished all of your shopping. Keep your chequebook, and any debit or credit cards, safely out of reach and out of view.

At Home

Having bought all those wonderful presents, don’t make it easy for someone to steal from your home. Keep them out of sight until last thing on Christmas Eve and if you ‘hide’ or store larger items such as bicycles in the shed or outbuildings, make sure they are very secure. Now is a good time to check that you know what you have both normally (TV, Video etc) and with the extra presents you have bought. You may well find you need to check your insurance to make sure you are covered for the value of goods in your home. Take the frame numbers of new cycles and the serial numbers of new electrical equipment for future reference. Remember, empty boxes left outside advertise that you have new goods inside – dispose of packing carefully.

If you go out for the evening – make it look like someone is at home by turning on lights and the radio. Don’t leave curtains open so people can see your decorations as potential thieves can see in. Be extra careful about locking doors and windows. As a fire precaution, don’t leave Christmas lights on in the house whilst you are out.

If you go away for the holiday period – use an automatic timer for lights and ask a trusted neighbour to watch your home. Don’t forget to cancel newspapers and milk if you have them delivered and either redirect your mail through the Post Office or have your neighbour take mail into the house – unopened Christmas cards and mail are sure signs that a house is empty.

Strangers at the door – genuine delivery personnel usually have uniforms and liveried vehicles and should not need to come into your home. Charity collectors will have identification and will not be offended if you ask to see it. If you are not sure but want to make a donation, ask whether these can be made in other ways, perhaps through a bank.

Out on the town

With office parties and general Christmas celebrations, pubs, restaurants and other venues are often crowded. Don’t leave bags over the back of your chair and keep wallets and purses close to your body to make it more difficult for the pickpocket. Busy places make it easier for the sneak thief, so be alert at all times. Make prior arrangements as to how you will get home. Avoid any potential disturbances on the street. Stay with friends if you can. Avoid the temptation to take a minicab on the street, even if you are having difficulty getting a cab – it is illegal for minicabs to take passengers who have not pre-booked. Make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you will be back. Don’t drink too much – you could become a target for thieves.


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Acacia Road Playground to be improved

Plans are in progress for improvements to the playground opposite the tower blocks in Montague Road. Local parents have been consulted in deciding what should be done – including members of the FARA committee.

The playground has been sadly under-used of late, possibly because much of the original equipment was broken or missing. So this is a welcome development that we hope will bring many opportunities for fun and neighbourliness to local children and their parents.




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Plans for Lincolns site

These pictures are reproduced from the plans submitted by CBHA for their proposed block of flats on the former Lincolns site. Click the picture to view (use the ‘full screen’ option to see them larger).

Plans for Lincolns site September 2013
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