Liveable Neighbourhoods – Coppermill

Waltham Forest Council successfully secured funding from Transport for London as part of its Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, to enhance the Coppermill area and make it easier and safer for people to get around on foot, by bike or public transport.

The Coppermill area is bounded by Forest Road and the Walthamstow Wetlands to the north, Blackhorse Road, St James Street and Markhouse Road as far as Saint Saviour’s Church to the east and the Lower Lea Valley Park to the west.

In the July 2018 we launched a perception survey to understand how residents, visitors and businesses felt about the area and how they travel around it. The results of this survey can be found in the box to the right.

During the autumn of 2018 we piloted our first community comments signs,
inviting residents and businesses to write their thoughts about seven key
locations identified through the perception survey, and held a number of
pop-up events in the area to speak with local people. We also hosted a led
cycle ride and walk of the area.

In April 2019 we held two co-design workshops with local residents, businesses and accessibility groups where participants were able give their views on initial concepts for improvements.  

How to get involved

For the past 12 months we have been engaging with residents, businesses, local accessibility groups and key stakeholders to find out what they would like to see improved. Based on this feedback we have created a set of proposals for the area. We ran a public consultation on the proposals for everyone who lives or works in the area to have their say to help shape the final improvements.  

Coppermill Lane trials

Throughout May 2019 we trialed two potential new road layouts on a section of Coppermill Lane for two weeks each, to establish whether proposed changes will make the street safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and meet the needs of local businesses. 

Essex Road public space improvements

We have identified a number of improvements that we would like to progress in advance of the main scheme, particularly those that build on the previous work we have done in the area over the last 12 to 18 months.

Following a successful drop-in event in Essex Road in May we are taking forward our plans to extend the public space improvements from the north side of the Essex Road railway bridge through to the south side, as well as improving the current junction layout with South Access Road.

Work will begin on Monday 1 July 2019 on Essex Road junction with Lynmouth Road. When the majority of these works are complete we will move on to improving the junction with South Access Road.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Coppermill Area Liveable Neighbourhoods programme please email 

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